Freitag, 6. März 2009

Richard Dawkins; in Oklahoma unerwünscht?

Das viele Menschen im Bible Belt der USA so ihre Probleme mit der Evolution haben, ist eigentlich nichts neues. Und dass Richard Dawkins als Vertreter eines lautstarken Atheismus sich dort wohl nicht gerade viele Freunde unter den fundamentalistischen Christen gemacht hat, wohl auch nicht. Jetzt sollte er im Rahmen des Darwin-Jahres an der Universität von Oklahoma reden. das passt einigen der politisch verantwortlichen dort wohl nicht in ihr Weltbild. Jetzt wurde von dem Abgeordneten Thomsen eine Resolution vorgelegt, in der die Universität Oklahoma aufgefordert wird, die Einladung Dawkins wieder rückgängig zu machen. Das Ganze natürlich unter dem Deckmäntelchen der "Diskussion verschiedener Theorien".

WHEREAS, the University of Oklahoma is a publicly funded institution which should be open to all ideas and should train students in all disciplines of study and research and to use independent thinking and free inquiry; and

WHEREAS, the University of Oklahoma has planned a year-long celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s theory of evolution, called the “Darwin 2009 Project”, which includes a series of lectures, public speakers, and a course on the history of evolution; and

WHEREAS, the University of Oklahoma, as a part of the Darwin 2009 Project, has invited as a public speaker on campus, Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, whose published opinions, as represented in his 2006 book “The God Delusion”, and public statements on the theory of evolution demonstrate an intolerance for cultural diversity and diversity of thinking and are views that are not shared and are not representative of the thinking of a majority of the citizens of Oklahoma; and

WHEREAS, the invitation for Richard Dawkins to speak on the campus of the University of Oklahoma on Friday, March 6, 2009, will only serve to present a biased philosophy on the theory of evolution to the exclusion of all other divergent considerations rather than teaching a scientific concept.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 52ND OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:

THAT the Oklahoma House of Representative strongly opposes the invitation to speak on the campus of the University of Oklahoma to Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, whose published statements on the theory of evolution and opinion about those who do not believe in the theory are contrary and offensive to the views and opinions of most citizens of Oklahoma.

THAT the Oklahoma House of Representatives encourages the University of Oklahoma to engage in an open, dignified, and fair discussion of the Darwinian theory of evolution and all other scientific theories which is the approach that a public institution should be engaged in and which represents the desire and interest of the citizens of Oklahoma.

THAT a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the University of Oklahoma, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Oklahoma, and the Chair of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma.

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