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June 19, 2003, is the 16th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, which ruled that it is unconstitutional to require the teaching of "creation science" in the public schools.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific organization, recently announced the top ten key science and technology policy issues to emerge in 2002. Among them:
5) INTELLIGENT DESIGN--NOT SMART FOR SCIENCE CLASSES:
Stating some of the same criticisms NCSE has raised about Intelligent Design, Carl Wieland of the young-earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis (AiG), criticizes the ID movement for not having a “‘story of the past” – of lacking a coherent narrative of “what happened”, and focusing only on the mechanism (of natural selection.) As Wieland points out, “if the origins debate is not about a ‘story of the past’, what is it about?” The reason for the lack of a coherent position on “what happened” is “a necessity, because they do not agree within themselves on a st
The board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) released a "Resolution on Intelligent Design Theory" that states, in part, that
Whereas, the ID movement has failed to offer credible scientific evidence to support their claim that ID undermines the current scientifically accepted theory of evolution;
Whereas the ID movement has not proposed a scientific means of testing its claims;
US News and World Report's cover story for July 29, 2002, is "The New Reality of Evolution." The article entitled "Life's Grand Design: A new breed of anti-evolutionists credits it to an unnamed intelligence" casts an appropriately skeptical eye over the intelligent design movement. NCSE members and supporters Robert Pennock, Kenneth Miller, and Jack Krebs are quoted.
On June 20 the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting in Columbus, Ohio, passed the following resolution:
"The 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
"1. Reaffirms that God is Creator, in accordance with the witness of Scripture and the Reformed Confessions.
"2. Reaffirms that there is no contradiction between an evolutionary theory of human origins and the doctrine of God as Creator.
Congressman George Miller, a member of the joint conference committee that drafted the final version of the recently signed No Child Left Behind education bill, has sent a letter to NCSE clarifying the significance of the “Santorum Amendment.” The amendment, stripped from the bill and placed in the conference committee report in weakened form, has been cited by anti-evolutionists in several states as justification for watering down evolution or inserting intelligent design in science curricula.
Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University, and recent recipient of the American Association for Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science, appears in the April 30, 2002, New York Times.
In the editorial Krauss takes aim at believers in UFOs, young-earth creationism, and advocates of intelligent design.
See the New York Times.
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:
The Elementary and Secondary Education Authorization Act which is headed for the President's signature does not contain the antievolution "Santorum amendment", though there is brief mention of the topic of evolution in explanatory materials appended to the law. The good news for teachers is that they will not have to teach evolution any differently as a result of the new legislation.
BackgroundSince the summer of 2001, a joint Senate-House conference committee has attempted to resolve the House and Senate versions of the Elementary and