Here’s a press release for a public program on the UT campus in Austin, Texas this coming Wednesday titled ‘Science Education in Texas: Keeping It Religion-free’
From a curriculum standpoint, I think that’s a mistaken emphasis. The point should be to preserve the integrity and authenticity of science curriculum. The courts can act to stop unconstitutional presentation of religion in the public schools, but the primary curriculum reason for fighting against the interjection of things like “Intelligent Design,” etc., is not because those things are religion, but because they are not science.
Here is the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Clare Wuellner
Phone: (512) 420-8667
CFI-Austin Presents ‘Science Education in Texas: Keeping It Religion-free’
Speakers to Highlight Dangers of Creationism Encroaching into the
Austin, Texas (July 10, 2008)- Science education in Texas is under
attack as never before, as evidenced by the recent ouster of State
Director of Science Education Christine Castillo Comer for the offense
of promoting science education. Now, as Comer pursues her lawsuit for
wrongful termination, the Center for Inquiry-Austin, Texas Citizens
for Science, and University of Texas Section of Integrative Biology
invite the public to a forum on the fight to keep evolution at the
forefront in science education.
Speakers and talks include:
· Steven Schafersman – “How Will Texas Oppose Aggressive, Organized
Creationism in Texas?”
Schafersman is a 22-year veteran college and university science
professor, and founder of the Texas Citizens for Science, where he has
been president since 1980. His talk will focus on how Texas science
supporters will oppose the continuing efforts of those who willfully
demean science education.
· Ed Brayton – “Yes Virginia, it really is all about religion.”
Brayton, founder and president of Michigan Citizens for Science, is
the voice behind the popular blogs Dispatches from the Culture Wars
and The Panda’s Thumb. He will show, despite claims to the contrary by
proponents, the solely religious nature of the Intelligent Design
· Josh Rosenau – “Nothing new under the sun: The evolution of creationism.”
Rosenau, a staffer at the National Center for Science Education,
describes the central irony of the creation-evolution controversy-how
rapidly and frequently creationism evolves. He will show how
creationist strategies have changed, what to expect in the future, and
how to protect accurate science education in the public schools.
A question and answer period will follow the talks.
The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at UT
Campus, Burdine Hall, Room 108. Admission is free, and free parking is
available at C Lot after 5:45 p.m. and in the LBJ Lot anytime. For
more information, visit www.centerforinquiry.net/austin .
The Center for Inquiry/Transnational, a nonprofit, educational,
advocacy, and scientific-research think tank based in Amherst, New
York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism, founded in
1980; the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP), founded
in 1976; and the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health.
The Center for Inquiry’s research and educational projects focus on
three broad areas: religion, ethics, and society; paranormal and
fringe-science claims; and medicine and health. The Center’s Web site
is www.centerforinquiry.net .