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Two excellent opinion columns about evolution education appeared on January 19, 2005, on opposite sides of the country.
No fewer than three recent articles in the national media discussed the continuing struggle over evolution education in the United States. Unsurprisingly, NCSE, as the only national organization wholly devoted to promoting and defending the teaching of evolution in the public schools, was prominently featured in all three.
Following on the heels of Gallup's latest poll, CBS News recently conducted a poll of public opinion about evolution, creationism, and science education.
A recent article from the Gallup News Service reports on the pollster's latest results concerning public opinion on the evidence for evolution, creationism, and biblical literalism. Because Gallup's polls on public opinion on creationism extend back to 1982, its data are particularly useful. The results are overall consistent with previous polls conducted by Gallup.
Interviewed by The New York Times, Roger Kennedy, a former director of the National Park Service, expressed concern about the presence of the young-earth creationist anthology Grand Canyon: A Different View in the NPS-supervised bookstores in Grand Canyon National Park. Referring to the fact that many visitors to the park will assume that any book sold in the bookstores are approved by the NPS, he remarked: "That's the problem ... and we need to pay attention to it."
The cover story in the November 2004 issue of National Geographic, by the acclaimed science writer David Quammen, is entitled "Was Darwin Wrong?" And, of course, the answer is no.
On Monday, Oct. 4, the governing council of the Biological Society of Washington issued a new statement regarding the publication of a paper by Intelligent Design advocate and Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture director, Stephen C. Meyer, in the society's journal, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.
The controversy over the sale of the creationist anthology Grand Canyon: A Different View in the bookstores in Grand Canyon National Park is back in the headlines.
The cover story in the October 2004 issue of Wired magazine is Evan Ratliff's "The Crusade Against Evolution," with the tag line: "In the beginning there was Darwin. And then there was intelligent design. How the next generation of 'creation science' is invading America's classrooms."
The controversy about the publication of "intelligent design" advocate Stephen C. Meyer's article "The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories" in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington is now attracting attention in the press.