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Writing Letters to Editors

Even if you are not eligible to sign this statement, there are lots of ways to support good science education. For example, if your local newspapers cover the AIG “museum,” be sure to respond to any inaccurate representations. Write a letter to the editor!

Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana Institutions Represented

The statement of concern has been signed by scientists from the institutions below.

Please note: This list is provided for reference only. It does not imply endorsement by the institutions listed.


Alice Lloyd Coll
Bellarmine Univ
Berea Coll
Big Sandy Comm and Tech Coll
Bluegrass Comm Coll
Campbellsville Univ
Centre Coll
Eastern Kentucky Univ
Georgetown Coll
Hazard Comm and Tech Coll
Henderson Comm Coll
Kentucky Archeological Survey
Lindsey Wilson Coll

Scientific Inaccuracies at AIG’s Creation “Museum”

Parents, educators, scientists, clergy, and other citizens are concerned about scientifically inaccurate exhibits at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, operated by Answers in Genesis, a fundamentalist Christian ministry.

The statement below has been prepared by and for scientists in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Please feel free to sign if you are a scientist (faculty or post-doctoral level) from these states. And please circulate this statement among your colleagues.

Testifying at the State Board of Education Meeting, 25 March 2009


You should register early on Friday, 20 March 2009, or on Monday, 23 March, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central Time).

You may register in one of three ways:

"Academic Freedom" Legislation

In recent years, most state-level legislative attacks on evolution have taken the form of "academic freedom" bills, which permit — but do not require — teachers and students to introduce creationist material into science classes. Because these bills are permissive rather than prescriptive, they may have a better chance of surviving judicial scrutiny than has past antievolution legislation.

Contacting the SBOE and Analysis of Proposed Texas Educational Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Amendments


How to Contact Your SBOE Member


Identifying Your School Board Member:

  1. Go to
  2. On the line “District Type” select “State Board of Education”
  3. Type in your address and this will identify which board member represents you.

Writing Your School Board Member:

The Pillars of Creationism

Although creationist movements differ in some of the details of their positions, they all rely on three main claims which are used over and over again. These claims can be very appealing and effective to people who are not well-informed about evolution. It is useful to be ready with some responses to these claims.

"Theory, Not Fact" Policies — What's Wrong?

(Download this document as a pdf file here! )

  1. Legislation or regulations that single out evolution for restriction, ignoring other scientific topics, are unconstitutional (Epperson v. Arkansas)
  2. Legislation that requires teaching evolution as "theory" or "belief" only, or that it not be taught as "fact", without defining these terms, is too vague to give real guidance to school districts and teachers about what may be taught.


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