Creationsim, Politically Speaking
The October 2000 issue of Physics Today, “continuing a tradition begun in 1976,” asked the then current presidential candidates 10 questions of interest to scientists. One question of pressing concern to science was not contained in their list. Since it is of such great concern, and it could not be raised within the periodical in time for the November election, I wondered whether the editors of Science might make the space in their Letters section available in time for the useful function of providing the opportunity for us in science possibly to be enlightened by those same candidates as to their position on the key question contained in what follows.
On 11/04/99 the L.A. Times published a press release from Reuters from the day before.
“L.A. Times, Thursday, 11/4/99, p. A35. Bush Sees Place for Teaching on Creation. From Reuters “Wilmington, Del. — Republican presidential front-runner George W. Bush said Wednesday that he thinks schools should teach ‘different forms of how the world was formed,’ with evolution taught alongside creationism.
“The Texas governor, visiting Delaware for a round of fund-raising and campaigning, said he supports ‘morality-based’ education in public schools.
“I have absolutely no problem with children learning different forms of how the world was formed,’ said Bush, adding that he thinks it is for local school districts to decide curriculum.”
Outside of this brief November note, I have not seen this topic and position expressed since. I would like to believe that the topic and position, and a reaffirmation by George W., is worthy of inclusion in the press, and in public debates and in scientific circles. Arthur S. Iberall
Dawson, J. (2000). Physics Today, 53, 61.