Committee: No conflict between faith, evolution
Today's St. Petersburg Times story about the public hearing in Orlando culled one quote from the statement that 40 members of the science-standards-writing committee issued yesterday. But for those who can't get enough of this issue, here is the statement in its entirety, and here is another taste of it: "Many of the writers and framers who worked on the draft standards have strong religious convictions. Those of us who do hold such convictions see no conflict between our faith and the theory of evolution." The statement includes a link to The Clergy Letter Project.
On a related issue, the Gradebook would like to offer a more final tally for the Orlando hearing. We wrote in one of yesterday's posts that opponents outnumbered supporters about 2-to-1 – and that was true about 2:15 or so when we wrote the post (which did not go up on the blog immediately). But by the time we left about 2:40 (with the crowd thinning rapidly) the score stood at 45 speakers against, 29 for, and three whose positions were unclear. The hearing was scheduled to end at 3:30.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter