Comments From Defend Science Signatories
The following comments
from a cross-section of our current signatories gives a glimpse at the
the depth of concern to Defend Science, the broad support for this
initiative, and a diversity of viewpoints that gives strength to this
effort. We need to further tap this potential.
We welcome more comments. Email
us your comments.
The effort must cover all of sciences, but individual fields as
well. This affects all scientists.
--Isabella A. Abbot,
marine botanist/ ethnobotanist, Dept. of
Botany, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
In all its activities the Bush administration is the
worst thing that has
happened to American society in my lifetime. The attack on evolutionary
biology by conservative elements in our society, encouraged by the
current Republican administration is by far the most stupid and
misinformed event in the past 50 years in the history of science.
Somehow, this stupidity has to be exposed and countered.
--Myron Baker, Prof.
Emeritus Biology Department, Colorado State University
Now is NOT the time for ANY timidity! The stakes are far too high!
'Science Lite' is NOT ACCEPTABLE!
Professor of Biology, Baylor University
It is important for people to take a moment and reflect on all the
benefits to their life and the world around them that have come from
scientific discoveries. If we restrict science, we will restrict
important future gains in the quality of our lives.
--Simona Bartl, CSU Moss
Landing Marine Labs
If humans are to have a sustainable future on this planet, then we'll
need to support the scientific community and not diminish their efforts
via narrow-minded and political pogroms...
--Randy Bartlett, Pu`u
Kukui Watershed Preserve, Maui, HI
This effort is overdue. Bush should not have been elected. At this
is necessary to bring into this program all rational legislators who
are in position to block the outrageous conduct of those who follow the
religious right agenda.
--Simon H. Bauer,
Professor Physical Chemistry; ret Dept of
Chem. Cornell University
At all levels of education, we need to be certain students understand
is and what is not science. Ideas that are non-scientific have no
business being presented in a science classroom.
Lakeland High School
I believe that the antiscientific policies of the Bush administration
threaten our security and standard of living as no other administration
before it has. I find it remarkable that this bunch of politicians is
more interested in the preservation of its party's power than in the
survival and prosperity of this nation.
Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY
I feel the environment is being destroyed to help business, the health
women is at risk to make certain religious segments happy, science
education is being destroyed again for religious purposes, and personal
rights to pain relief with marijuana are prevented for political
purposes - where and when will it stop?
--Gail Burd, Associate
Dean and Professor Molecular and
Cellular Biology, University of Arizona
Science is the major reason for the differences between the Dark Ages
and the modern era.
Professor of Biology and Marine Biology,
Do scientists defend gravity? Evolution is no less self evident
for those with eyes to see.
evolutionary biologist and anthropologist,
Professor of Genetics, Univ of Hawaii at Manoa
Humankind is approaching an unprecedented time in its relatively brief
history. We will need all the advantages that Science can provide in
order to not only ensure the survival of our species, but to
assure the existence of most all of the forms of life on Earth. This
will require an unprecedented effort of sane-minded people, especially
scientists, of all levels of government, all walks of life, all fields
of study, research, and employment to see this through.
--Dennis Colby, Science
Dept Chair, Central Valley High School
For reasons that are difficult to understand, the current administration
has systematically ignored objective scientific findings and consensual
scientific opinions in favor of ideological and political
preconceptions. This attitude has weakened, and continues to weaken the
future of the United States and its position of respect throughout the
Professor of Biological Sciences, University
of Maryland Baltimore County
I am so glad that this has begun. It is as if my whole world is
crumbling when I watch the Bush Administration twist science AND
religion to suit
their corporate friends and connections.
--Linda L. Davis,
Visiting Assistant Professor, Geology
Program; Richard Stockton College of NJ
I am very supportive of this effort. As a scientist /researcher/graduate
student working on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, I am familiar
with and come face to face with some of the people driving this
anti-science political climate that we currently have. It is wonderful
to see a group of scientists bringing this to light. Our mission as
researchers/scientists should be to watch out for the benefit of the
public through sound research and convincing results. These results and
research efforts are being squelched by our government in a
dictatorship-like regime. I would like to help in any way possible to
make sure that the public, and the political commmunity have the
knowledge to fight for the best situation for our entire nation.
--Natalie Dawson, PhD
student, University of New Mexico
Skepticism is the essence of science: you don't believe something until
there is satisfactory proof. In everyday life, this is how sensible and
choices are made as well. If sufficient proof of weapons were demanded,
we would not be at war in Iraq. Believing without proof is dangerous-
it certainly has been for the 2,000 troops that have died there.
Research Center Director, University of
Arkansas Rice Research Center
Knowledge of the facts of science is not the prerogative of a small
number of people, isolated in their labs, but belongs to all the
people, for the realities of science are the realities of life itself.
(R. Carson) Without science and its dicoveries we would not be
here and now in the 21st C! It's time that education and science become
active parts of everybodies lives, not just passive use of someone
elses hard work and research. We take science and research for granted!
as we take this Planet for granted, it had to change or we'll disappear
as so many species before us...
Assistant Professor, UMASS/EEOS
Although industrial application should be discreet, scientific
not be suppressed. The law of nature is invariable. This is the only
principle we can understand and be definitely convinced, regardless of
any cultural, historical, racial, and religious background.
Department of Materials Science, Kochi
It is absolutely critical that science teachers be courageous, and make
students aware of the multiple attacks on science by the anti-science
groups! This is NOT the time to be cowed and intimidated by the vocal
but ignorant few.
--Mike Garnsey, A.P.
Biology/Chemistry Teacher, Watertown City
See my op-ed piece in the Waco (TX) Herald-Tribune, Monday, Sept. 19,
I think each local paper should get an evolutionists op-ed article by a
--Fred Gehlbach, Emeritus
Prof. of Biology and Environmental
Studies, Baylor University
All human progress has been achieved by the our species' unique faculty
reasoning and rationality. With these powers, we have gained knowledge
of our Universe which reveals its beauty and also its mysteries yet to
be solved. Reason is the our most precious gift, and knowledge our most
treasured inheritance. If we scorn human progress and reject reason for
the sake of political expedience, profit, or to assauge supersitious
fears, we dishonor our ancestors and threaten our descendants.
Invertebrate Zoology and Marine Science,
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Having observed the extinction of species and the rapid and massive
degradation of habitats firsthand in my lifetime, I am agonizingly
aware of the destruction of life on our planet that has been wrought by
man. The pace of destruction (e.g., rain-forest decimation, death of
coral reefs) is increasing, as any careful observer will note.
Yet, we live in a country with a government that denies these realities
for no greater reason than to protect the investments of its own
members and their friends. This government has extended its war
on science to deny one of the most basic tenants of biological science,
the origin of species - ourselves included - through evolution.
The ruling party's motivation for this appears only to be an appeal to
and enlist the religious right so the party can maintain its
rule. In my lifetime, I have never before seen anything like this
motivated war on the science that has brought us to all of the
advantages of 21st century living and understanding of our world and
ourselves. It is already late to begin to defend science strongly
at all levels, but we must do it now.
--Michael G. Hadfield,
Professor of Zoology, University of Hawaii
My primary goal in teaching large astronomy classes of undergraduates
used to be that students would learn about the Universe and their place
it. My primary goal now, in the light of the doings of the Bush
admininstration, is that the students should learn to appreciate and
respect the scientific approach to truth.
It is a tragedy that us teachers of science should have failed so
completely to convey that the scientific approach to finding out truth
and to making decisions is relevant to all walks of life, not just
those labelled "scientific". Non-scientists complete a college
education with the impression that scientists are arrogant, boring, and
incomprehensible, and that science is impersonal and irrelevant. We
"Science is away to arrive at the truth without fooling yourself."
--Andrew J.S. Hamilton,
JILA, U. Colorado
Scientific knowledges and practices are precious achievements that are
necessary for living with regard for curiosity, evidence, skill, and
honesty. The utter disregard for these virtues in the right wing
political culture of the United Sates is ground for national shame and
for urgent action. Also at stake are pleasure in knowing the world
well, taking its natural processes seriously, protecting its living
beings, both human and not, and feeding both body and soul.
Professor, History of Consciousness Dept,
Univ of Calif at Santa Cruz
It's interesting (and frightening to me) how we are spending dollars and
lives to fight for a "democracy" in the Middle East, while working so
hard to destroy the elements of democracy (free and open education,
discussion and dissent) and establish a theocracy in our own country.
Good luck to us all, unless we (as a nation) wake up and realize how
close we still are to the dark ages.
--Ray Hazen, Staff
Engineer, University of South Florida
Center for Ocean Technology
The Bush administration is unreliable and deceitful. It lacks integrity
altogether. Integrity is at the heart of the scientific method. Don't
allow an iniquitous regime to undermine the science that is such a
pillar of the life style we all, including the bigoted right, enjoy.
--Harold Heatwole, Prof.
Dept. Zoology, North Carolina State
Thanks for leading this important initiative at this disturbing time.
--John G. Hildebrand,
Regents Professor of Neurobiology,
University of Arizona
This is an urgently, crucially important message that must reach the
ears of all thoughtful, caring Americans.
--William Hillis, M.D.,
Professor, Biology, Baylor University,
This is a vital fight for the right to think rationally, investigate
clearly, and keep the scientific method active and useful for
generations to come. We must join together to "Defend Science" or be
plunged into the second Dark Age. Religious belief as science is not
only outright dangerous, it devalues both disciplines.
Research Specialist, University of Arizona
Plant Sciences Department
I cannot believe the denial that goes on in US government, and the
reluctance to sign up to any international treaty (Kyoto, Convention on
Biodiversity etc). This unilateral ignoring of science cannot be
maintained without doing serious damage to US infrastructure and
economy as we are already beginning to witness.
Department of Chemistry, Aberdeen
Thank you for taking the initiative to write this statement! I am in
the unique position of being in academia but married to a soldier. I am
currently writing my dissertation from Ft. Rucker, Alabama where my
husband is in flight school. Although my husband shares most of the
same views that I have we are surrounded by a particularly
fundamentalist religious society (Enterprise, AL as well as parts of
the military community). In a way I am glad that I have had the
eye-opening experience of living here since, up to this point in my
life, I have lived exclusively in liberal college towns (or
South America). The fundamentalist religious community and the academic
community are truly from two completely different planets. To have a
productive conversation that enacts change and growth there must be
some common ground to stand on. There does not seem to be any common
ground between these two communities. If I mention my beliefs in
evolution most often a creationist will start shaking their head in
disapproving reproach before I even finish my sentence. If we, as
scientists, want to gain back our freedom to pursue science in its raw
beautiful form we will need to learn a language of communication to
still the fears of the fundamentalist religious communities. I am not
sure how to bridge the gap between these two groups but a forum to
begin this process seems a requisite cornerstone if we are to gain back
our freedom for scientific exploration.
--Anna Jennings, Doctoral
candidate, School of Public Health,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This is so important. Most students don't even realize that they
are the victims of this attack. The expectation on science
teachers by parents and students that science classes be "fun" instead
of achievement oriented is constant. In the meantime, US
industries continue to hire foreign scientists and engineers because
they can't find what they need here in our own country. And
parents seem to think that their child's science education is "just
fine." This country has blinders on if they think that we are
going to remain a world leader in science and technology.
--Karen Kelly, Biology
Teacher, Department Head, Clayton Valley
Thank you for bringing the scientific community together on this crucial
issue. Individually we feel helpless to make our views known, but
together hopefully we can make a difference.
marine biologist, Univ. of Washington,
Friday Harbor Laboratories
Science has given us medical and technological advances that makes
modern life enjoyable and civilized. It is not appropriate to turn back
the clock and return to the intellectual darkness of the Middle Ages.
should be taught as science, without excuses, and public policy should
make use of the best information science has to offer. Faith-based
public policy is not policy, it is religion.
Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of
North Carolina Greensboro
If you wish to use my office as President-Elect of the Biophysical
Society, you may. Please understand that I sign as an individual,
although the BPS is drafting its own statement.
We have seen many dangerous attacks on scientific thought during
history. Most notable during the 20th century were attacks from the
nationalistic right wing (Fascism and McCarthyism). The current upsurge
of right-wing religious extremism within the three Judaic religions is
remarkable for two reasons. First, because it is occurring in the 21st
century, at a time when the strides of science have been so remarkable
as to leave even scientists breathless. This, indeed, may help explain
the upsurge of religious fundamentalism. Second, because one has
difficulty thinking of a time in history since the dark ages when man
was at such risk of theocratic suppression of his freedom. I agree with
you that the scientific community must take a stand against this
extremism. In addition, we must try to explain to the public that
science and religion are quite different regimes of human thought that
not only should not be confused but also should not be seen as
threatening to each other.
--Bar Lentz, Professor
& Director of Biophysics, UNC,
President-Elect of the Biophysical Society
Scientific investigations have paved the way for our technological
progress. It takes thoughtfulness and willingness to open the mind and
perspectives. It is easier to point to miracles or magic to explain
things. However, it is science that improves our lives and leads us to
--Karen Lucci, Science
teacher, Hopewell Valley Central High
We scientists find ourselves awkwardly ill-equipped
to defend the open process of science in a sound-bite world.
The denial of evolution and global warming, and the suppression of stem
cell research represent disturbing trends that leave our society in the
about our world and its future.
Most importantly, the process of science that involves hypothesis,
honest uncertainty, and further tests, coupled with ethical discourse,
should be encouraged by our government.
We should arrive at our answers only after the facts are gathered,
and be willing to doubt and change our views.
--Geoff Marcy, Professor
of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
The Bush Administration's ideology sits at a strange juncture between
corporate-friendly ideology and Christian fundamentalism. All policy
emanating from the Administration reflects a complete and craven
subjugation to these two forces. We must speak out against this!
--Robert E. Marra, Ph.D.,
Assistant Scientist, Connecticut
Agricultural Experiment Station
Scientific inquiry is the most objective approach we have for
understanding the world around us and must be kept free from political
--Mark Q. Martindale,
Kewalo Marine Lab/Univ. Hawai'i
Ignoring facts about global warming and other environmental issues for
short-term economic gain amounts to selling the lives of our children.
--Robert Miller, Ph.D.,
University of Massachusetts Boston
It is critical that we turn back these assaults on Science! Our country
is already very scientifically illiterate and these assaults just
undermines our ability to educate our children!
--Hugh Miller III,
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, East
Tennessee State University
I believe Galileo stated this best when asked to respond to the Church
what his thoughts were on the fact that the data he collected differed
from the teachings of the Church. I have pasted his answer, and the
book I found it within, below:
Quote from Galileo to the Church when asked to explain his views and
their conflict with the Church:
Galileo argued that the Church had to agree with Science------
“It would be a terrible detriment for the souls if people found
themselves convinced by proof of something that it was made a sin to
From the book “Darwin’s Ghost, The Origin of the Species Updated.”
- Steve Jones, 2000, page 20
--Tom Mitzel, Associate
Professor of Chemistry at Trinity
I teach both science (biotechnology, microbiology) and ethics. It seems
that the country is moving farther and farther away from reason -
scholars of all disciplines must be appalled.
distinguished teaching prof, dep't of
natural sciences, State University of New York at Cobleskill
Science should not be considered a threat to Religion. They are as
different as apples and oranges. The former is based on data and
in an effort to prove the hypotheses wrong. The latter is based on
faith. Science cannot replace religion and religion should not replace
science. They should be kept separate. Attempting to insert creationism
or intelligent design in place of Evolution, is not warranted by the
data, and is equivalent to suggesting the world is flat (long after the
Greeks clearly demonstated
using shadows and math, that the Earth is not flat (and came close to
estimating the correct diameter of the Earth). Ignoring data such as
the CO2 time series, and record changes in temperature in the Polar
regions, will be regretable later, even though such temperature
extremes have occurred in the past. We will lose an opportunity to
prolong our present climate if we continue down our present path.
Ph.D./Associate Professor, College of Marine
Science, Univ. of South Florida
Voting on CNN and Fox News polls about criminal matters for which one
has no first-hand evidence is stupid but fairly harmless. Voting to
fundamental issues of science that one does not understand will
eventually bring us back to the Dark Ages. It already is undermining US
science credibility; it will soon cripple US science capacity.
Researcher, Marine biologist, Washington DC
I am in full support of this statement. This attack on science should
not go unchecked any longer and the time for public action is now. This
attack is particularly insidious as euphemisms like “Clear Skies Act”
and “Healthy Forests Initiative” are being used by the administration
to cloak the real agenda of these policies. The media must publicize
these issues and, we, in the scientific community, must stand together.
Evolution is fact, not fiction.
--Kevin Olival, PhD
candidate, Columbia University; Dept.
Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Biology
Dogma may make you feel strong;
Myth may make you feel comfortable;
The search for truth will make you free.
--Charles Osborne, self
As President Elect of the Society of Integrative and Comparative
this issue is of great concern to me, and I hope the Society can take a
lead in addressing it.
--John Pearse, Professor
Emeritus, Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
I fully support these efforts to fight against the suppression and
distortion of science that is in fact happening in the United States
These attacks on science are bad enough in that they cause -- and in
fact, celebrate -- intellectual decay. But this also has a direct
effect on the health and welfare of millions of people; people who
cannot get medicine they need because of medical suppression, or have
to live on a planet teetering on the edge of environmental disaster
that is being ignored by the powers in charge.
Biology, medicine, and environmental studies are just the start; this
antiscientific mindset will grow like a tumor until all of science is
affected, and we live in another Dark Ages where people will fear their
own shadows. I do not think this is empty rhetoric; we are already well
on our way to this fate unless our voices are heard.
astronomer and science activist
I have watched with increasing alarm the deceitful attempts of Bush
administration apologists to undermine appropriate scientific discourse
on the most important considerations which our nation (and the rest of
the world) face. I urge other scientists to consider carefully the
DEFENDSCIENCE statement...and sign it.
--Thomas M. (Zack)
Powell, Dep't of Integrative Biology,
University of California, Berkeley
This effort is exceedingly important. In addition to the statement, I
emphasize that in today's economy, we are competing with a world-wide
pool of technically educated individuals. A lack of a solid grounding
in the sciences will effect the ability of our citizens to compete in
Associate Prof. Univ. of North Carolina at
Greensboro Dept of Physics and Astronomy
The attacks are relentless and the strategy is of attrition, fueled by
millions of dollars of raised funds. This is not the time to let others
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences,
University of Arizona
I very strongly support this important initiative. This President and
administration have shown no understanding of the value and importance
of the scientific method as a means of advancing human knowledge. By
contrast, they have supported a faith-based ideology as if this derives
from some superior source of knowledge. This stance makes them just as
horrifyingly alien to all humanist causes as are the Islamic
fundamentalists they fear so much.
We have to make a stand against their faith-based agenda, regardless of
whether or not their beliefs are "sincere". We have to educate people
to the point that they understand that certain viewpoints are simply
not compatable with verifiable scientific knowledge. There can be no
compromise with ignorance, and "sincerity" cannot be allowed to
substitute for knowledge.
Professor, Univ of Hawaii School of Medicine
Scientific literacy -- an understanding of the scientific process and
its application in the modern world -- has been at a low ebb in the
United States and other countries for some time. Now science is under
active attack by its ideological enemies. The danger is that a
generation of children is being taught that science has no more import
than many other "opinions" of how the universe operates, which will
only strengthen that basic, and apparently widepsread, misunderstanding
Defend Science, and other activities like it, MUST succeed.
Freelance technology & science writer
At this time, the people in this country seem to accept sound bites,
half-truths, and propaganda more than taking the time to study any
issue. Science, and academia in general, are under attack primarily
because we have a poorly educated society and a highly effective
anti-science publicity campaign. This has been true for topics such as
air and water pollution, evolution, global climate change, and many
others. In my view, this country is rapidly losing its leading role in
science and higher education. For the past several decades we have been
a leader in science, technology, and higher education. This could be
seen in the huge number of excellent students coming from all over the
world to our colleges and universities. We attracted the best minds
from this country, as well as most other countries. Over the past four
years this has changed. The policies of the USA, including the
reductions and restrictions on the funding for science and education is
causing a reduction in research and support of highly qualified
students. There is a general lack of respect for science and education
in this country, and this will lead to a further degradation of our
place as leaders in technology, environmental protection, research, and
higher education. This will be disasterous for our country, but
especially so for the next several generations of Americans.
--Scott O. Rogers,
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biological
Sciences, Bowling Green State University
The Bush Administration's rejection of empiricism is broad in its scope
not limited to its antagonism towards science. It can be seen in the
administration's ill-concieved foreign wars, rampant cronyism, cynical
funneling of the nation's wealth into the pockets of the mega-rich --
and, of course, in its thinly-veiled rejection of evolution, humanity's
impact on the global environment, etc. The Bush administration chooses
to base its decisions on fairytales and preconcieved notions, not on
data collected form the real world. This is a dangerous course to set
for our nation, and one that will end in ruin.
--Alexander K. Shangraw,
MSPH, Sr. Research Assistant, Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
I am a spiritual and religious person and also a scientist. I am
frightened by the mis-education of students and the general public as
to what science is. Religion and philosophy are important subjects that
should be taught, but are different fields that co-exist with, not
compete, with science. I do not understand the political motivations
behind misleading the American people, but they frighten me. The
implications run deep and wide, including making us global laughing
stock among developed nations. We owe it to our children and their
future to tell them the truth, not to increase the
gulf between the educated and the misled.
--Anna Sher, Professor of
Conservation Biology, University of
Conservative Christians who support the repression, distortion and
manipulation of science for political or cultural purposes are no
better than the moral, cognitive and cultural relativists that they
despise so much. Religion has nothing to fear from science, I wish the
reverse were true!
--Dr. Michael Silberstein
Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science
at Elizabethtown College
and the University of Maryland, College Park and Director of the Elizabethtown College
Center for Science and
John Jacob Abel once wrote that greater even than the greatest
discovery is it to keep open the way to future discovery. The dumbing
with our present education scheme is poising future generations to be
at the mercy of academically advanced, science savvy nations. Consider
Florida. Here is a state that encourages the lottery as a means to
support education. What the signage should read is "Florida
Education-It's a Gamble" There should be no conflict between science
and religion. Science is a reliable method of finding truth. It seems a
logical conclusion that those opposed to it fear their profit-making
businesses and practices that damage the environment will be
exposed. Think about those who are opposed to defending
science-those who hide behind religious zealots and make millions of
dollars. We will get just as bad science as we are willing to stand for
and just as good science as we are willing to fight for. It's time to
SEACOOS Regional Coordinator, Sea Grant
This is an extremely important effort. As one who studies the effects of
temperature on marine species, I'm keenly aware of how strongly even
seemingly small changes in temperature can impact individual organisms
and, thus, the web of ecological interactions in which they
participate. The same concerns of course apply to terrestrial and
Stanford, Marine scientist who studies
effects of temperature change on marine organisms
As a young Canadian scientist, the current political attacks on science
the United States have compelled me exclude it as a location for future
teaching and research. Many of my talented colleagues have made the
same decision. The future of innovative science in the US is threatened
by this phenomenon.
--Joy Stacey, Canadian
PhD student, Ocean Sciences Centre,
Memorial University, Canada
There is a time, and a place, for religious and spiritual reflection
and participation. That time and place are very personal in nature.
Every one has the right to his of her beliefs. But it has no place in
scientific pursuit. The quest for scientific knowledge must be purely
objective and not be influenced and controlled by the interpretations
and whims of those who choose to believe in archaic and arcane belief
systems. When right-wing fundamentalist fanaticism is allowed to coerce
and control scientific pursuits and findings, then our societies face
regression. Our current administration is no better than the one that
sentenced Galileo to arrest for his espousing the truth. If we do not
defend science now, then there will be no science to defend in the
future. We cannot have another four-hundred year lag between the
current suppression of our knowledge and the “apology” issued by the
religious right. If we do allow this, then we should all go back to
wearing animal skins and being afraid of the dark!
--Brian V. Staples,
President, San Diego Astronomy Association
For far too long scientists have allowed politicians to misrepresent
our results and twist our conclusions. So, it has come to this... we
either continue to be attacked, marginalized, gagged, and ignored by
the current administration, or we stand up and defend science! It's our
Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Alaska
We journalists are supposed to be neutral, but NOBODY can stand
"neutral" when the process that has lead to reliable understanding of
the universe is under attack by people who are putting their narrow
agenda of religion and personal profit above intelligent exploration
and the long-term survival of humanity.
--Gus Steeves, Reporter,
Blackstone Valley Tribune, MA
Thank you all very much indeed for putting together this important
--Steve Stricker, Dept.
of Biology, Univ. of New Mexico
It is troubling that scientists are
forced to divert time and attention away from their research because of
the politics and ideology of a misguided few. It is even more troubling
that the current administration has fostered a public distrust for
scientists and science in general. Unfortunately, we can never measure
the loss of discoveries not made.
--John E. Tomkiel,
Assistant Professor Biology, University of North
In all my life I have never had a worse feeling about what the
president of our country was doing - and I am talking about a broad
front of activities.
--Dr. David Vanderschel,
Retired mathematician (PhD Rice
University '70) and computer scientist
We need to take action.
--Peter Ward, faculty
member Department of Biology, University
We seek to hold off another Dark Age by standing together against the
people who would force ignorance on the world in the name of God. The
Religious Right is attempting to make the world over in their own
image, instead of that intended by the Maker made evident in Nature, or
discovered by Science.
--Karen Westphal, Coastal
Scientist at LSU/SC&E Special
Tariq Ali has argued quite effectively that the rise of fundamentalism
Islam, following the crusades 700 years ago, led to the suppression of
knowledge and inquiry (science) in the Arab world and to the decline of
a great culture. A direct outcome is the ascendancy of Islamic
fundamentalism in the modern world. Christianity is on this path
Professor and Head of Biochemistry,
University of Illinois
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Community and Others to Wage This Battle.
• Help raise funds to print the Statement in as many newspapers and
journals as possible, in the U.S. and internationally.