Monday, July 30, 2001

The following important message is from AU-Hawaii member Mitch Kahle who is running with the ball on marshalling community support to stop Right Wing extremists from destroying Hawaii's educational system. The only modifications we have made is to set up a separate link for the advance text of Kahle's testimony and a direct link to the BOE agenda web site. We've also removed the links to relavent Advertiser and Star Bulletin pieces on the issue because the links are already noted elsewhere on our AU-Hawaii WEB site.

Double-check the BOE site (Click Here) for possible last-minute changes in the agenda, time, date etc.

Aloha Freethinkers: This is an URGENT call to action. We need your help to stop "Religious Creationists" from infecting Hawaii's public schools!

The situation in Hawaii is similar to the recent creationist attempts to discredit evolution in Kansas. For background information, please see links to press articles at the bottom of the message.

In a nutshell, the Education Committee has introduced new language to the Hawaii State Department of Education science performance standards that would allow biblical creation myths to be taught alongside evolutionary biology. These so-called "alternative theories of origin" do not have any basis in science and are instead an attempt to break the constitutional separation of state and church by teaching religion in the public schools.

Please write testimony urging the Board of Education to reject the inclusion of any non-scientific "alternative theories of origin"
with the science performance standards. Fax or email (no time for snail mail) all written testimony to:

Hawaii State Board of Education
P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804
Phone: (808) 586-3349
Fax: (808) 586-3433
Email: BOE_Hawaii@notes.k12.hi.us

Herbert Watanabe: Chairperson, Members: Winston Sakurai, Karen Knudsen, Shannon Ajifu, Lex Brodie, Michael Nakamura, Denise Matsumoto, Marilyn Harris, Donna Ikeda, Keith Sakata, Sherwood Hara, Carol Gabbard, Meyer Ueoka, and Matthew McLane

The Board of Education will consider the "creationist" proposal on Thursday, August 2, 2001 starting around 7:00PM, at the
Department of Education, 1390 Miller Street, 4th floor, in Honolulu.


Click Here to see my testimony. It is provided as a guide. Contact me at (808) 524-6208 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mitch Kahle
Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church (and member AU-Hawaii)

P.S. Please forward this email to as many supporters as possible.