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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2010/09/10

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

All sorts of new videos on NCSE's YouTube channel, plus a
clarification on the status of the ICR's School of Biblical


NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of a further batch of videos
to NCSE's YouTube channel. Featured is "The Great Debate" (in three
parts), filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in 2002, with
Kenneth R. Miller and Robert Pennock debating William A. Dembski and
Michael Behe; the debate was introduced by Richard Milner and
moderated by NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott. (A complete
transcript of the debate is available on NCSE's website.)

Also featured is "McLean v. Arkansas 20 Years Later" (in four parts),
filmed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's
annual meeting for 2001, with Stephen Jay Gould, Francisco Ayala, and
Harold Morowitz, who all testified as scientific expert witnesses in
1982's McLean v. Arkansas trial, as well as Ronald L. Numbers and
NCSE's Scott, discussing the seminal case in which a federal court
found teaching creationism unconstitutional.

And there's "What Would Darwin Say to Today's Creationists?" --
delivered by Scott to the University of Chicago's 2009 conference
celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th
anniversary of the Origin of Species -- and "Inside Creationism's
Trojan Horse," delivered by Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy
at Southeastern Louisiana University and member of NCSE's board of
directors, to the Center for Inquiry in June 2007. Tune in and enjoy!

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For the transcript of the AMNH debate, visit: 

For information about the Chicago conference, visit: 

For the decision in the McLean case, visit: 


As noted in the September 3, 2010, Evolution Education Update, the
Institute for Creation Research claims that its new School of Bible
Apologetics, offering a Master in Christian Education degree, is
"exempt from licensing by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board." In a frequently asked questions section of its website,
however, THECB states that religiously affiliated institutions are not
exempt from state oversight either under the First Amendment to the
Constitution or under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. A
story noting the prima facie inconsistency was posted to NCSE's
website on September 3, after the Update was sent.

But the ICR is apparently out of the woods after all. The Texas
Administrative Code provides, "The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board does not regulate Religious Institutions of Higher Education
which offer degrees only in religious disciplines" (19 Tex. Admin.
Code 1.7A, sec. 7.9). It appears that THECB failed to clarify the
relevant frequently asked questions of its website section in light of
the Texas Supreme Court's decision in HEB Ministries, Inc. et al. v.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (235 S.W.3d 627 [Tex.
2007]), which established that THECB does not have oversight over
institutions that offer exclusively religious education and training.

For the ICR's claim about SOBA, visit: 

For the THECB's FAQs, visit: 

For the story (since updated) on NCSE's website, visit: 

For the relevant section of the Texas Administrative Code, visit:$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=2&ti=19 

For the decision in HEB Ministries v. THECB, visit: 

Thanks for reading! And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution education and threats to it.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x310
fax: 510-601-7204

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