Sunday, February 05, 2006

02/05/06 New Developments

So far the Colorado politicians that earlier expressed their intention of introducing "intelligent design" legislation - Sen. Brophy (R-Wray) & Rep. Stafford (R-Aurora) have remained quiet on the issue. Further they have continued to refuse to answer specific inquiries from MESIC on the question. Needless to say, this is good news. On a more ominous note, at the national level, the new House of Representative Majority Leader, John Boehner, is a strong advocate for the imposition of ID on our public schools. For more about this see: "Friend of Balanced Science Education is New House Leader" by Bruce Chapman, 2 February 2006, Evolution News & Views (a pro-ID front group) and/or "What Every American Jew Should Know About John Boehner" by the National Jewish Democratic Council (2 February 2006).

We would also like to highlight the successful preemptive effort by concerned citizens that contacted the Jefferson County School Board on the question of imposing "intelligent design" on the district's schools. A number of residents participated in a national anti-intelligent design movement by sending letters to both the Colorado Board of Education and the local board. Their letters were marked with the quote, “Teach intelligent science – not ‘intelligent design.’ ” To read all about the initiative and the positive response of the school board, see "Intelligent design opponents contact school board" by Nancy Hull, 24 January 2006, HighTimberTimes.Com. We at MESIC were not involved in this project, or even aware of it, but this is precisely the sort of grass-roots community action our project has been design to support and encourage. We would like to sincerely congratulate those who took part in this initiative and hope that they decide to endorse the MESIC project.

We are also happy to report that the Colorado Springs-based Citizens Project - http://www.citizensproject.org - has become the first formal organization to endorse the Maintain Educational Standards in Colorado project. Please visit their excellent "Understanding the Controversy Regarding Creationism, Intelligent Design (ID), and the Theory of Evolution" FAQ on the topic of evolutionary science and "intelligent design".

Upcoming Events:

  • 02/12/06, National (including: Boulder, Broomfield, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Gunnison, & Wheat Ridge) "Clergy Letter Project Presents Evolution Sunday" From the website: "On 12 February 2006 hundreds of Christian churches from all portions of the country and a host of denominations will come together to discuss the compatibility of religion and science. For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science. More than 10,000 Christian clergy have already signed The Clergy Letter demonstrating that this is a false dichotomy. Now, on the 197th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, many of these leaders will bring this message to their congregations through sermons and/or discussion groups. Together, participating religious leaders will be making the statement that religion and science are not adversaries. And, together, they will be elevating the quality of the national debate on this topic." For more information see http://www.uwosh.edu/colleges/cols/rel_evol_sun.htm


  • 02/12/06, Salida "Darwin Day" Guest Speaker: Nikki Hemmesch, Curator, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Institute. Steamplant Theater, Sackett & 'G' Streets (downtown Salida), 2-4 p.m, Free Admission, Donations Accepted
    http://www.coloradoheadwaters.com/calendar/event_detail.cfm?EventID=387&Month=2&Year=2006


  • 02/12/06, Boulder "An Evening of Ideas and Community" The Boulder International Humanist Institute will also be starting its 2006 speaker series with "An Evening of Ideas and Community" on Charles Darwin's birthday. This event will feature Chris Mooney, the Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and a senior correspondent for the American Prospect. He focuses on issues at the intersection of science and politics, and is author of the bestselling book The Republican War on Science. This event will be held on February 12, 2006 at 6:00 pm at the Flemming Law School (Near Baseline and Broadway). Admission is Free, Please call 303-543-9166 to reserve your seats. http://www.bihi.info/


  • 03/01/06, Denver Congregation Emanuel Programs: Cosmology and Intelligent Design. The age-old debate between Evolution and Creationism continues: Are religion and science in conflict? Panel: Dr. Bill Dean, Professor Emeritus of Constructive Theology, Iliff School of Theology; Dr. Lawrence Berliner, Professor of Biochemistry, DU; Dr. Dan Armentrout, Associate Chair Engineering, DU, physicist and licensed minister. Congregation Emanuel · 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220, 7–8:30 p.m., http://www.jewishcolorado.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=166349


  • Selected Colorado Press Review 01/22/06 - 02/05/06

  • Intelligent Design Editorials by Mary Jane Eaklor Penrose & Jim Colson, 5 February 2006, The Pueblo Chieftain


  • "Seven Days; Science against the ropes" by Matthew Schniper, 2 February 2006, Colorado Springs Independent


  • "Know what I love most about intelligent design? It's totally retro!" by Kenneth Cleaver, 2 February 2006, Colorado Springs Independent


  • "Concerning the Opposition to Design Theory" by Tyler Wittman, 31 January 2006, The Rocky Mountain Collegian


  • "On Creation" by Kyle Morse & Amit Deshwar, 26 January 2006, The Rocky Mountain Collegian


  • "Naturalism is not Science" by Emily Mayfield, 24 January 2006, The Rocky Mountain Collegian


  • "Intelligent design opponents contact school board" by Nancy Hull, 24 January 2006, HighTimberTimes.Com (Evergreen)