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AAAS Issues Gag Order to Scientists, Seeks to Stifle Debate

Let me get this straight, philosophers of biology Dr. Paul Nelson and Dr. Niall Shanks can debate for a live audience about evolution, ID, and public education.

And, Darwinist Dr. William Provine will debate design proponent Dr. Stephen C. Meyer at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

And, Cambridge University can publish an academic work featuring scientists writing about the debate between Darwinism and intelligent design.

And, MSU Press can publish a book featuring scientists debating what exactly should be taught about evolution in public school classrooms.

And, PBS can air a debate between biologists Darwinist Dr. Massimo Pigliucci and Darwin doubter Dr. Jonathan Wells.

And, Darwin defender Michael Shermer can debate design theorist Stephen Meyer.

And, Rev. Barry Lynn will even debate our own Dr. John West.

And, the editor of The Scientist has recently stated twice (here and here) that the debate over Darwinian evolution needs to take place, exhorting his Darwinian colleagues to “get out there and argue!”

And, reporters are starting to embrace aspects of our teach the controversy approach, (for example here and here) which ultimately rests on the idea that there is a scientific debate to be had.

But, no Darwinist will testify to the Kansas board of education. Amazing. Simply amazing.
Why? Because the Darwinian high priests at the American Association for the Advancement of Science have issued a sort of scientific papal bull, a gag order to scientists, telling them not to debate the flaws in Darwin’s theory before the Kansas State Board of Education. (Apparently a couple of dozen of scientists and scholars didn’t get the memo, or chose to ignore it, and have agreed to testify in spite of the AAAS gag order.)

The statement is full of misinformation and outright lies such as these:

“Kansas has been a focal point of efforts to restrict the teaching of evolution in public schools. Proponents of intelligent design theory hold that the physical universe is so elaborate and complicated that its creation required a sophisticated architect, and they are working to impose that theory in science classrooms.”

First, no one in Kansas is seeking to “restrict the teaching of evolution.” In fact, the scientists testifying before the board want to see MORE about evolution taught in science classes, NOT less.
Second, none of the serious participants — not the scientists testifying, not the board of education — has called for the inclusion of the theory of intelligent design in Kansas science curriculum.

Both of these facts have been publicly stated and it is unbelievable that the AAAS is not fully aware of what are the real issues in Kansas.

The AAAS and the Darwinian activists can opt-out of the debate, but the debate will simply go on without them.

Robert Crowther, II

Robert Crowther holds a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public affairs and 20 years experience as a journalist, publisher, and brand marketing and media relations specialist. From 1994-2000 he was the Director of Public and Media Relations for Discovery Institute overseeing most aspects of communications for each of the Institute's major programs. In addition to handling public and media relations he managed the Institute's first three books to press, Justice Matters by Roberta Katz, Speaking of George Gilder edited by Frank Gregorsky, and The End of Money by Richard Rahn.