GeoNews Notes

Title: GeoNews Notes

Publication: The Outcrop, August 2000, p. 5

According to David Applegate, writing in Geotimes (July, 2000), on May 10 of this year representatives of the Discovery Institute think tank briefed a Congressional committee on “Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design (creationism) and its Implications for Public Policy and Education.” Applegate writes:

” … about a dozen members of Congress – including two members of the House Science Committee – served as honorary ‘hosts’ (mostly in absentia) or introduced the speakers

… Both Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisc.) warmly introduced several of the speakers. Petri is first in line to become chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce when the current chairman retires at the end of this year. Thus, the committee responsible for federal education programs may be run next year by a man who expressed his hope for a ‘swelling chorus’ of support for intelligent design creationism.”