National Center for Science Education
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is an atheistic creature of the US Congress, established as a non-profit organization. It advocates forcing the teaching the theory of evolution in U.S. public schools, to the exclusion of creation science and intelligent design. The NCSE acted as a consultant for the plaintiffs in the 2005 Kitzmiller vs. Dover Trial.
NCSE, atheism and liberal Christianity
The atheist Eugenie C. Scott served as an Executive Director of the NCSE and a considerable amount of her time was spent working with liberal Christians as far as supporting the teaching of evolution in public schools.
At the same time, the atheist and evolutionist PZ Myers wrote about NCSE favoring liberal Christianity:
|“|| It’s still going on. Jerry Coyne repeated our common criticism that the NCSE spends too much effort promoting Christianity; then Richard Hoppe fires back, complaining that his comment was held in moderation (Coyne has been sick for a while, you know…I wish people would have more patience), and then repeating the common and misguided defense that NCSE is not an atheist organization. We know. We’ve both agreed on multiple occasions that the NCSE should not be an atheist organization. But still we get this same tiresome objection.
Yes? Please look in a mirror, Richard!
As I’ve said before, said just above, am saying again, and will no doubt have to say a hundred times more, no one is asking the NCSE to become an atheist organization, and no one is saying that the NCSE shouldn’t make strategic alliances with religious organizations. I’d put it in 72 point type if I thought it would help, but I doubt that anything will.
The problem is that the NCSE is not neutral on atheism vs. religion, but has clearly taken a side in preferring one particularly fuzzy, liberal, soft version of Christianity as its ‘acceptable’ religious belief.
- Eugenie C. Scott, "Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction", Greenwood Press, 2009
- battle over NCSE