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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Clergy Letter Project now recruiting rabbis

The story is in an article on the website of the National Center for Science Education.

A February 10, 2007 article in the Rocky Mountain News said,

In a comment on the weblog pandasthumb.org, [Clergy Letter Project founder] Zimmerman said that the clergy letter was explicitly limited to Christian clergy. "Since it is fundamentalist Christian ministers who have been shouting to the American people that they must choose between religion and science, it seemed reasonable to have thousands upon thousands of Christian clergy assert otherwise." He went on, "It simply wouldn't be very persuasive to have leaders of other religions saying to Christians that Christian fundamentalist ministers are not speaking for all Christians."

He also wrote, "The Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Sunday are not designed to change the minds of fundamentalists. Rather, our goal is to educate the vast majority of Christians who, if told they have to choose between religion and modern science, are likely to opt for religion."

But Evolution Sunday has a broader purpose than the letter, and next year Zimmerman plans to actively recruit members of other faiths. He's even thinking about changing the name to "Evolution Weekend." Watch for it in 2008.

Zimmerman's assumption that criticizing Darwinism is just a Christian fundy thing is just plain wrong -- a lot of Jewish and Muslim fundies also criticize Darwinism.
At least the Jewish Clergy Letter is not as bad as the Christian Clergy Letter, which says,

We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris.




Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Although the Zimmerman Clergy Letter holds that one of God's gifts is "human minds capable of critical thought," if Darwin-disciples are capable of critical thought, I haven't yet noticed it. Certainly not among the clueless trolls here.

Monday, August 18, 2008 4:50:00 PM  

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