ONCE AGAIN, the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is speaking up against anti-science legislation, this time in Oklahoma. Founded in 1848, the AAAS serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. They are the publishers of Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million.
This article at their website, AAAS Urges Oklahoma to Teach Only Science in Public School Science Classes, describes a letter from AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner to Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma, urging the Governor to veto a bill containing a “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act” as an amendment.
The full text of the letter is here: Dear Governor Henry … (pdf file). Excerpt:
The bill likely would undermine the teaching of the science of evolution and other topics that some students believe could conflict with their religious beliefs. For example, if a student were to state on an exam that the age of the earth is 6,000 years old, according to his/her religious belief, rather than the 4.5 billion years cited in the textbook, this bill could potentially force his/her teacher to give the student a good grade for an incorrect response. This is no way to teach science.