DIARY: Event evolves into creation debate

Next time you plan a press conference to advance your position on the origins of human life, it might be wise to stop and consider who it might attract.

Next time you plan a press conference to advance your position on the origins of human life, it might be wise to stop and consider who it might attract.

Next time you plan a press conference to advance your position on

the origins of human life, it might be wise to stop and consider who it

might attract.



The Tulsa Interfaith Alliance (TIA) learned this the hard way last month

when creationists crashed its media event.



The group organized a press conference to express its opposition to an

Oklahoma textbook committee decision that added a disclaimer to biology

books, calling evolution a ’controversial theory’ and an ’unproven

belief.’ The TIA, which believes the disclaimer is a violation of

church/state separation, sent out media advisories early enough that the

Tulsa World had time to write a substantial advance story. But this

attracted supporters of the disclaimer, who turned the Q&A session into

a debate.



Although not too distressed by the outcome, TIA leader Rev. Russell

Bennett admitted, ’I would probably handle it differently next time.’



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