90 Years of Fighting Creationism: From the Science League of America to NCSE
Did you know that the Science League of America, founded in San Francisco in 1925, fought for science education and against creationism in schools? Josh Rosenau, Programs and Policy Director of NCSE, will tell the amazing story of this forgotten group at our May meeting.
“It is a truism that there can be no real solution of the problem of man’s origin, development and destiny without freedom in research and in teaching.” Those bold words opened the preamble to the bylaws of the Science League of America, founded in San Francisco in 1925. Under the leadership of the polymathic Shipley, they fought the anti-evolution crusade launched by William Jennings Bryan, who famously prosecuted John Scopes for teaching evolution in Tennessee. From his home in Sausalito, Shipley organized scientists and teachers, planned debates with creationists, and wrote extensively about the importance of evolution. 90 years later, the National Center for Science Education does remarkably similar work, fighting almost the same battles, from our offices in Oakland.
We will discuss today’s ideological attacks on science education, the long history of pro-science activism here in the Bay Area, and how to carry on the long battle against creationism.
For the last 7 years Josh has worked at NCSE, fighting creationism and other science denials. Before that, he was a biology grad student in Kansas, when creationists took over the state board of education and tried to put creationism into state science standards. He discovered his passion for defending science against ideological attacks then, and has continued that work ever since, from Florida to Maine, Texas to Washington.
When: Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00
Location: Audre Lorde Room (Second Floor), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San FranciscoAnd please accompany us to dinner after the meeting. We go to the Big Lantern, 3170 16th St. (between Valencia & Guerrero)
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Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.
Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.
Parking: Garage at 3255 21st Street (at Lexington)
Join the Atheist Contingent in the Pride Parade
Again this year we, along with other groups, will march as the Atheists Groups Contingent in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28th. Details will be released soon. We need Contingent Monitors so please volunteer if you can.
Atheist Political Activism in the Bay Area
Atheist Advocates of San Francisco, along with East Bay Atheists, spearheads atheist political activism in the Bay Area. In July 2012 we called for a protest at the Oakland Zoo, demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on city property. Several days before our protest, the Commandments were removed. We recently attended a Santa Clara City Council meeting, along with other activists, in support of removing a cross from a city park. We are working on crosses in Redwood City and Albany, both on public property. If you feel that social events, lectures and cultural events are not enough, you are our people. Please join us.