Monday, February 13, 2006

Happy Birthday Charlie!

Good article in the New York Times (registration required) today about 'Evolution Sunday.'
On the 197th birthday of Charles Darwin, ministers at several hundred churches around the country preached yesterday against recent efforts to undermine the theory of evolution, asserting that the opposition many Christians say exists between science and faith is false.

You can find out more about their efforts at The Clergy Project.

Also, did everyone see that George Deutsch has stepped down? It seems that he lied about graduating from Texax A&M when he applied for the job at NASA. I heard his indiscretion was uncovered by a blogger. Anyone know if that is true?

Lisa in Pittsburgh

6 Comments:

Anonymous paula said...

Turns out the application confused him. He graduated from Texas A&P Grocery where he got certified to manage the A&P green stamp, he even learned to sign his name in print and cursive through their literacy program. Damn shame to lose him.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous paula said...

Seriously...tidbits from the NYT:
George C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters' access to a top climate scientist and told a Web designer to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday, agency officials said.

Mr. Deutsch's resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his résumé on file at the agency asserted.

Officials at NASA headquarters declined to discuss the reason for the resignation.

...instances in which they said political pressure was applied to limit or flavor discussions of topics uncomfortable to the Bush administration, particularly global warming.

According to his résumé, Mr. Deutsch received a "Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Class of 2003."

Yesterday, officials at Texas A&M said that was not the case.

A copy of Mr. Deutsch's résumé was provided to The Times by someone working in NASA headquarters who, along with many other NASA employees, said Mr. Deutsch played a small but significant role in an intensifying effort at the agency to exert political control over the flow of information to the public.

Such complaints came to the fore starting in late January, when James E. Hansen, the climate scientist, and several midlevel public affairs officers told The Times that political appointees, including Mr. Deutsch, were pressing to limit Dr. Hansen's speaking and interviews on the threats posed by global warming.
Dr. Hansen said that the questions about Mr. Deutsch's credentials were important, but were a distraction from the broader issue of political control of scientific information.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous paula said...

And don't forget to visit the blog "World O' Crap" to read some of Georges columns from his days in college. Everything from Bush Love to Satnic Cults...a good read.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Sheikh Mahandi said...

I published a link further down - in the ID invades NASA section I believe - http://scientificactivist.blogspot.com/ which links to the page of the person who exposed George Deutsch.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Sheikh Mahandi said...

Turning to Evolution Sunday - Bruce Chapman (president?) of the Discovery Institute has already published an op-ed denouncing Evolution Sunday, his main complaint seems to be - "how can Darwinists complain about ID being religion in one breath, then use religion to defend Darwin?"

I don't know Bruce, but maybe just maybe you should pay attention to who is actually running ES - ministers, pastors, etc. and their oublicised reason for it - to show people that ID and it's false dichotomy of either Religion or Evolution, comes only from a strident vocal minority who don't represent either mainstream religion or mainstream America.
To show that many people who disagree with you and your bible thumping anti-democratists are not "Evil Athiest Darwinists" at all, they are reasonable human beings who see have no problem accepting that there may be athiest scientists, but there are also scientists who are Christian, and Christians who accept that ID is not and never will be science.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Sheikh Mahandi said...

Sorry to vent - quit smoking a couple of weeks ago, IDiots like Chapman are really starting to annoy me.

6:50 AM  

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