Archive for Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Scientist decries ‘smear’ campaign

July 12, 2006


The debate about evolution and intelligent design resurfaced Tuesday at the Kansas State Board of Education meeting.

During the public forum portion of the meeting, Jack Krebs, president of Kansas Citizens for Science, defended his group from what he called a "smear campaign" by intelligent design proponents.

"I think it's a smear campaign because everybody knows there are an awful lot of people who do believe that evolution is atheistic and that they are trying to tar us and other people who accept the committee's standards as atheists," Krebs said.

Krebs claimed John Calvert, managing director of the Intelligent Design Network, was promoting the idea that anyone who believes in evolution is an atheist.

"I know a lot of people that are pretty upset this false accusation is being made both about Kansas Citizens for Science itself and about Christians and other religious people in general," Krebs said after the meeting. "(It's) a political strategy that I think deliberately is meant to rouse up people to respond."

Several state school board seats are up for election this year.


pschev 11 years, 11 months ago

What scientist "decries smear campaign?" There wasn't one mentioned in the story.

Hazel Ripstra 11 years, 11 months ago

I am not a scientist, but the reporter mistakenly assumed I was because I am president of Kansas Citizens for Science.

Strontius 11 years, 11 months ago

It's sad that we live in a society where the term "atheist" is used as an insult or a reason to oppose something. It not only displays an ignorance of the word but slanders millions of Americans in the process.

I'll never understand why people are more comfortable being governed by someone who worships a sky god and devotes his/her life to a 1800+ year old human created text rather than someone who just wants to focus on the practical applications of government.

If rival Christian groups want to have it out, then leave the secularists out of it. We'll pick up the pieces when you're done.

Strontius 11 years, 11 months ago

And for any I.D. Supporters, I sincerely hope you will all keep this in mind:

"If you're approaching a cliff, I hope you would remember that gravity is just a theory, and consider all the possibilities." -Edward 'Rocky' Kolb

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