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On January 21, 2002 HB 888 and HB 1101 were introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and referred to the Education Committee. Both bills had the same sponsor, and both died in committee on February 5.
The wording of HB 1563 resembles the "Santorum amendment" to last year's federal education bill, which was removed in conference committee. The phrasing matches the common rhetoric of such evolution opponents as intelligent design creationists. The relevant portion HB 1563 reads:
On March 12 the board had voted unanimously to include creationism. Local residents contacted NCSE requesting information about “creation science” and the legal consequences of the board’s proposal.
NCSE is pleased to see that the Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (CRSC) has begun taking steps to correct the error in the article posted on its web site concerning the March 11, 2002 Ohio Board of Education meeting.
Fred Hutchison claims that the papers in the CRSC bibliography delivered to the Ohio BOE were written by “intelligent design scientists.” This is incorrect.
The CRSC has posted an editor’s comment above the article highlighting the error, but did not correct the error in the text of the article itself.
At the Ohio Board of Education meeting held March 11th, 2002, Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (CRSC) Director Stephen Meyer and CRSC Senior Fellow Jonathan Wells presented the board with a bibliography of forty four papers published in peer reviewed scientific literature.
In a fifteen-page analysis sent earlier this week to every member of the Ohio Board of Education, the National Center for Science Education exposed the Discovery Institute’s “Bibliography of Supplementary Resources for Ohio Science Instruction” as a systematic misrepresentation of the scientific literature that it cites.
Over the objection of the standing room only crowd, the board voted unanimously to adopt the science textbooks, included in a $7.7 million package that also includes books for health and physical education.
At the March 11, 2002, panel discussion on evolution in front of the Ohio Board of Education, the Discovery Institute's Stephen Meyer claimed that encouragement to teach alternatives to evolution was part of the recently signed No Child Left Behind Act. Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller responded by using his computer to search the text of the law for the word "evolution" - unsuccessfully. Now anti-evolutionists are claiming that there is such language in the law and that Miller was being intentionally misleading.
In response to Senator Rick Santorum's March 14 op-ed piece in the Washington Times, which implied that Senator Edward Kennedy approved of teaching "intelligent design" in public school science classes, Kennedy explained in a March 21, 2002, letter to the Times that he does not; "intelligent design," he said, "is not a genuine scientific theory." The complete text of his letter:
Congratulations to NCSE member Adrian Melott, who has won the 2002 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award of the American Physical Society. This award is given annually by the leading professional physics society "(t)o recognize outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society." Dr. Melott, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, was cited "(f)or his outstanding efforts in helping to restore evolution and cosmology to their proper place in the K-12 scientific curriculum.