Science Textbook Rejected by Texas School Commissioners

By |2019-03-15T17:19:39-04:00December 16th, 2004|Incidents|

A federal district court in Dallas dismissed a lawsuit against the state for rejecting an environmental science textbook the commissioners didn't like. The case, Chiras v. Miller, brought by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, charged that the textbook was rejected for "illegitimate, unconstitutional reasons." The commissioners had turned the book down for failing to adequately present the oil and gas [...]

Science Textbook Publishers Revise Text to Please Texas Schools

By |2019-03-15T17:19:35-04:00November 5th, 2003|Incidents|

Although Texas policies were revised to limit grounds for rejection to "factual inaccuracy" in 1995, censorship still flourishes in the Lone Star State. Publishers still revise textbooks in order to sell to the nation's second largest buyer. Last November, a science book was altered to appease anti-environmentalists. "Destruction of the rain forest could affect weather over the entire planet" was [...]

NIH Funding Threatened by Traditional Values Coalition Hit List

By |2020-01-03T14:12:43-05:00October 28th, 2003|Incidents|

In July of this year, a measure in the House to defund five studies on sexual behavior introduced by Rep. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) came within three votes of passing. More recently, a list of 157 researchers using grant money to study sexuality and HIV/AIDS has been circulated by the Traditional Values Coalition, which termed them a “total abuse of taxpayer [...]

Letter To School Board Protesting Biology Textbook Changes

By |2016-01-15T12:27:35-05:00September 30th, 2003|Incidents|

Dear Member of Texas State Board of Education, We write to express our concern about the proposed changes to the Biology Textbook under consideration for adoption by the Texas State Board of Education. We urge you not to adopt the changes proposed by the Discovery Institute, because doing so will undermine the presentation of information about evolution. At the public [...]

NCAC Letter to the Texas State Board of Education Protesting Biology Textbook Changes

By |2016-01-15T12:27:11-05:00September 30th, 2003|Incidents|

Dear Member of Texas State Board of Education, We write to express our concern about the proposed changes to the Biology Textbook under consideration for adoption by the Texas State Board of Education. We urge you not to adopt the changes proposed by the Discovery Institute, because doing so will undermine the presentation of information about evolution. At the public [...]

MIT Professor Visited by Pentagon Officials after Criticizing Missile Testing Program

By |2020-01-03T14:12:45-05:00July 12th, 2000|Blog|

UPDATE: MIT was denied the security clearance necessary to complete a full review of the situation to determine if data was in fact manipulated. Theodore Postol, Professor of Science and Technology and National Security at MIT, wrote a letter describing how the Missile Defense Agency had doctored the results of the National Missile Defense Test. Postol was then visited by Pentagon [...]

Creationists Seek to Ban Evolution in Kansas Curricula

By |2016-01-15T12:23:36-05:00August 11th, 1999|Incidents|

In a new twist in the battle against evolution, creationists in Kansas hope to convince the Board of Education to drop evolution from the curriculum. Since it is unconstitutional to teach religious theory in the schools, creationists argue, evolution must also go. Shades of Isaac Asimov, who punned: "I'd let them teach creationism in the schools if they let us [...]

NCAC Supports Foodspeak Coalition

By |2017-06-08T12:18:45-04:00May 1st, 1998|Blog|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of 48 national, non-commercial organizations, including religious, educational, professional, artistic, labor, and civil liberties groups. United by a conviction that freedom of thought, inquiry and expression must be defended, they work to educate their members and the public about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose it. NCAC opposes food [...]

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