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"SD panel kills bill on teaching intelligent design"

posted Feb 17, 2014, 8:15 PM by Weston Renoud   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 8:15 PM ]

Truly sad news coming out of South Dakota. Jeff Monroe, a South Dakota state senator, recently withdrew a bill written to support the teaching of "intelligent design or other related topics" in the state's public and nonpublic schools. Thankfully Mr. Monroe was not pressured by the cult of natural selection but instead determined the bill "was written poorly" and he "didn't want to put the people in that committee in a tight spot."

From the SFGate Article:

The bill's entire text was: "No school board or school administrator may prohibit a teacher in public or nonpublic school from providing instruction on intelligent design or other related topics."

"I don't mind a good fight, but the amount of good that would have come from the bill would have been outweighed by all the misconceptions people have had," Monroe said. "I didn't want to put the people in that committee in a tight [spot]. Some agreed with the bill, but they would have had to vote against it, based on the fact it was written poorly."

Press Release: The inculcation of today's youth, protesting Darwin's birthday

posted Feb 10, 2014, 6:18 PM by Weston Renoud   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 9:19 AM ]

Darwin portrait
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In response to the event to celebrate Darwin's 205th birthday conducted by the UNB Biology Graduate Student Society, to be held 7pm Wednesday, February 12th at the Grad House in Fredericton,NB, the Intelligent Design Institute of Technology (IDIoTech) is planning a protest to combat the continuing inculcation of today's youth without thought for scientific discourse.

In the spirit of discourse the protest will include recitations of works that challenge Darwin's theories and present alternative explanations for natural diversity.

Members of IDIoTech believe that the promotion of scientific theories through the flippant nature of a birthday party flies in the face of scientific discourse, and debases the pursuit of knowledge and truth. It is through such inculcation, or the repetitive nature of indoctrination that the cult of natural selection infects the minds of today's youth.

Members of IDIoTech further believe that this protest will follow in the tradition of the Flat Earth Society and the legacy of Alden Nowlan, the namesake of the event's location.

Learn more about the event or register to attend at: https://www.facebook.com/events/441738799290886/

For further information or comment please contact:
        Weston Renoud (weston.renoud@unb.ca)

Press Release: Censorship in Academic Journals

posted Feb 10, 2014, 2:30 PM by Weston Renoud   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 9:19 AM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today one of our members, Weston Renoud, received a rejection notice from the McGill Journal of Education (MJE) for a short article (see attachment below).

The article, "Letter to the Editor: A Modern Approach to the Flat Earth Perspective," discusses IDIoTech, our place in education, and the tradition of promoting critical thinking in education originally pioneered by the Flat Earth Society. This was not surprising, but falls into a long tradition of censorship in the academic journals where ideas outside the mainstream are blatantly shunned and stymied.

Clearly not taking our member seriously, the MJE Editor-in-Chief called the submission "playful" and went on to say, "we do not see it as suitable for the MJE Forum." Such off hand remarks take light the importance of education and discourse in both academia and the broader world.

The article makes an appeal for direct observation - the encouragement of students to put stake in what they can observe - that was flat out rejected. Even the citing of new fields of study such as Biomimicry was simply ignored. This level headed article deserves to reach a wider audience but the academic community is in direct opposition to our ideas and are letting their bias show.

The public must speak out against such a blatant ivory tower mentality. It is up to enlightened individuals to promote the discourse that academia has so willfully ignored.

For further information or comment please contact:
        Weston Renoud (weston.renoud@unb.ca)

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