After Zimmermann’s request to have the book thrown out was reviewed and rejected by Knoxville’s Farragut High School, he appealed their decision to the district board.
Zimmerman spoke before the Board at their meeting Wednesday, April 7. Before that, at a public hearing before the Board on Monday, April 5, “former science teacher” Charles Dawson appeared, arguing that
There is no good science to evolution … No one anywhere knows how to create life in a laboratory.
… and that the evolution versus creationism debate should be left out of public school altogether,
… because evolution has no good scientific evidence behind it and to put it forth as a good scientific basis is mythology.
Such statements are repeated in this CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) story, which is bouncing around all over the Christian fundamentalist internet.
A story on local channel 6 (WATE) on the issue includes this video from the Monday hearings, including Dawson’s statements:
FOXNews interviewed Zimmermann before the Wednesday Board meeting
and then again after the meeting, at which the Board decided they would postpone the issue for another month:
Also testifying at the Wednesday meeting was librarian Karyn Storts-Brinks, who “spoke up about the inadvisability of censoring a textbook, any textbook, on the basis of a single word.”
Reportedly, “Storts-Brinks did have one personal issue with Farragut High School father Kurt Zimmerman, who spoke at the meeting and made the original request for Asking About Life‘s removal”:
Here’s this man talking about the profound effect his stepping forward has had on his family, how extremely difficult it’s been. I don’t understand him. In this community, he’ll be draped in laurels for speaking out. I’m like, “Dude, you’ve got it all.” And the best part of the story, he’s saying that, and after I spoke and they noted the reaction to my words — I’m the one who had to have a police escort out of the building.
Jesse Fox Mayshark reported on the meeting for Metropulse.
added April 11:
The Louisiana Coalition for Science has posted a blog article on this affair, with information on the creationist “Addendum” that Zimmermann used as a source for apposing this specific textbook. They provide background on the “Addendum” author, including links and information on materials that he’s contributed to for use in Louisiana under that state’s new “Science Education” law.