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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Darwinist society snubs Louisiana over "academic freedom" law

An article in Panda's Thumb says,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / LA Coalition for Science / http://lasciencecoalition.org

National Scientific Society to Boycott Louisiana over LA Science Education Act

Baton Rouge, LA, February 13, 2009 — The first tangible results of the Louisiana legislature’s passage and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signing of the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act have materialized, and these results are negative both for the state’s economy and national reputation. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, a national scientific society with more than 2300 members, has put Gov. Bobby Jindal on notice that the society will not hold its annual meetings in Louisiana as long as the LA Science Education Act is on the books. In a February 5, 2009, letter to the governor that is posted on the SICB website under the headline, “No Thanks, New Orleans,” SICB Executive Committee President Richard Satterlie tells Jindal that “The SICB executive committee voted to hold its 2011 meeting in Salt Lake City because of legislation SB 561, which you signed into law in June 2008. It is the firm opinion of SICB’s leadership that this law undermines the integrity of science and science education in Louisiana.” [NOTE: Although the legislation was introduced as SB 561, it was renumbered during the legislative process and passed as SB 733.]

The SICB's letter to Jindal says,
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We will not hold the Society's 2011 annual meeting in New Orleans even though the city has been a popular venue of us in the past . . .

"Popular venue in the past"? Of the Society's past annual meetings since 1960, only three were held in Louisiana (New Orleans) -- in 1976, 1987, and 2004.

IMO the SICB is farting against thunder -- Jindal probably doesn't care whether the SICB holds annual meetings in Louisiana or not. Almost all states have cities with facilities that are capable of hosting big conventions, so Louisiana's chance of being selected for any particular convention is slim anyway, and relatively few organizations are likely to join the boycott. Also, this attempted boycott by scientific organizations is likely to backfire -- anti-evolution organizations are likely to try to counteract the boycott by specially selecting Louisiana as a site for their conventions.
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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no "Darwinism", except for people who reject evolution. It's like calling baldness a hair color. People like you want to make it seem like evolution is another dogmatism, another religion. Well, it's not.

There's as much debate in the scientific community about evolution as there is about gravity. Just like I won't bother debating someone who believes in Earth is flat, I won't bother with someone who criticizes evolution or doubts Holocaust. You may want to sound like you're skeptical, but you already made your mind up. So did I, but I don't lie about it to myself or others.

Sunday, February 15, 2009 6:21:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Richard Dawkins has constantly called the evolutionary theory that he promotes, "Darwinism." Look up Darwinism in the index to his 2004 book The Ancestor's Tale, if you are ignorant of that fact.

Lately some Darwinists have concocted a new canard, and are trying to falsely claim that the word "Darwinism" is somehow not a proper term for their views. Yet "Darwinism" has been used by biologists for a century and a half to denote any evolutionary theory which resembles Darwin's, by ascribing a primary role to natural selection.

These blockheads are deluded, probably because they believe everything that Eugenie Scott, the professional lobbyist for Darwinism-as-dogma in the schools, tells them. Why don't they lose some of their gullibility, and try to do a little fact-checking for themselves??

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Darwin B. Leaver, Ph.D. said...

I'm ignorant in innumerable ways,
Yet can wave a doctorate, these days.
My doctrine must rule
All your kiddies in school,
Though my head's in a Darwinist daze.

(Leaver is such a blockhead, that I feel like resigning as his ghostwriter. But at least he knows that "Darwinism" is a proper term for the evolutionary doctrines of Dawkins, Mayr, et. al., and one that Dawkins still uses, for his own evolutionary theory. --Jim Sherwood.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 4:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Treasure_hunter said...

Creationist and Darwinists

Can any body tell me? Who has made the perfect, mathematical and complex laws of Physics, laws of Chemistry and laws of biology , complex reproductive system in human and animal and plants ?. Scientists are only discovering these laws and in through obeying these law making some imperfect or semi perfect things. Yet the scientists have discovered a tiny part of the Creator’s innovative world. 99% yet to be explored. Keeping in view only a stupid or illogical persons can deny the perfect, and the wise Creator.

The Darwin has proposed a theory not fact . His tautology could not be proved by any undoubtedly/real true scientific evidence/fact. After studying 10,000 fossils, Harun Yahya (click here to explore) a Turkish biologist has challenged all Darwinists of the world to produce a single intermediate fossil, he will pay US$100 billion . He has proved that every species appeared in perfect shape and disappeared and new specie appeared in perfect shape. No incomplete bird can survive and incomplete eye can see. A half build eye and half build wing cannot see and cannot fly.

Survival of the fittest? Why love existence? Why a mother dies for her child?, Why A perfect family system of Honey bee functions?. Why Peacock beautiful colors appeared?. Darwinists have failed miserably to explain the facts of creation. So fact of existence of creator of a perfect, very beautiful and complex creation is just like Sun on the sky but blind cannot see.

Click to watch video : Death of Darwinism and Win of Creationists
Click to watch video : Fossil Record Prove Creationism

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Click to Watch video : Disasters Darwinism Brought to Humanity

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 5:44:00 AM  

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