Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Internet Petitions Oppose the Creation Museum

Transcript of today's show:

Petitions asking educators to voice their opposition to evangelical Ken Ham’s Creation Museum have begun to circulate on the Internet. Our offices received one from an organization called Defending the Constitution. The petition calls the museum the most recent example of the religious right’s war on science education -- whether in the form of anti-evolution stickers in textbooks or the promotion of intelligent design in the classroom. [source: Defcon Blog]

Sound Off: Science & Faith. Our point/counterpoint regulars Shelley (the voice of science) and Peter (the voice of faith), comment on the story.

The Voice of Science: Shelley Greene, Ph.D., comments:
Educators can sign the online petition here. If you're not an educator, you can sign this petition. By doing so, you are voicing your stand against religion's war on science. If you are concerned about the integrity of science education in our country, I urge you to take part in this small bit of advocacy. Every voice counts.

The Voice of Faith: Peter Williamson, M.Div., comments:
As Ken Ham himself has noted, scientists and atheists are clearly and profoundly threatened by the Creation Museum. Perhaps one reason is the fact that the Evangelical Community spared no expense at making the exhibits as realistic as possible. They may also fear the very dramatic and public message that there is a compelling alternative to Darwinism.