It’s nice to know that there’s some good news out there, with cooler heads occasionally prevailing. First, as you may already know, the so-called ‘Graduate School of the Institute for Creation Research’ was denied the right to award a degree in creationism by the state of Texas.
That was April 23rd. Since then, the infamous Florida ‘academic freedom’ bill has died, and Nathan Abraham’s lawsuit against Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute, claiming he was discriminated against because of his creationist beliefs, has been dismissed.
I’ve written about the National Center for Science Education before, last time crankily complaining about how many book reviews they had about efforts to reconcile religion and science, but today I’m not cranky at all. The NCSE actively pursues these kinds of cases, and they track the news on their website, www.natcenscied.org.
The NCSE is a great organization to support, because they’ve pretty much got one issue – science education. There’s very little risk that they will suddenly start espousing odd beliefs (by which I mean ones with which I don’t agree), like some other organizations with broader portfolios. That leads me to plug another one-issue organization I like – Americans United for Separation of Church and State, but once again, I digress.
Kudos to the NCSE for their tireless work, and remember – if YOUR kids come home from school with tales of a 6000 year-old Earth, dinosaurs lounging in deck chairs on Noah’s Ark, or super-powerful space aliens (wink wink) creating everything, the NCSE is just a few mouse clicks away.