Upcoming Debate in OKC

Dear Oklahoma friends of NCSE,

The Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is sponsoring a debate on whether “intelligent design” should be taught in public school science classrooms. Arguing that it should will be Steve Kern of Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City; arguing that it should not will be Abbie Smith, a microbiology graduate student at the University of Oklahoma.

The debate takes place at 7:00 p.m. on March 15, in rooms CU2 and CU3 of the Campus Union on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC), 7777 S. May in Oklahoma City. “This debate is a free educational public event and all are invited to attend regardless of religious, political, or scientific viewpoints.”

For further information, visit:

http://okcamericansunited.blogspot.com/2012/02/

The debate is particularly timely, since there are presently two bills in the Oklahoma legislature—House Bill 1551 and Senate Bill 1742 — that attack the teaching of evolution and climate change in the public school classroom. For information about these bills from NCSE and Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, visit:

http://ncse.com/news/oklahoma

http://www.oklascience.org/

Glenn Branch

National Center for Science Education

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