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The American Humanist Association sponsored a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2009, titled:" Creationism: the Politics, the Science, the Debate. The distinguished panel included Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education; Barbara Forrest, Southeastern Louisiana University philosophy professor and a leading proponent of science education and the separation of church and state; and Kenneth Miller, professor of biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University and a prominent defender of the theory of evolution.

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"This is politics. If it was about science we could all go home"

--Eugenie Scott, on the evolution-creation debate.

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"They like creationism--they don't care if it's Young Earth or Old Earth ... And they spent a great deal of time lobbying the Louisiana legislature (they don't wine them but they dine them)"

--Barbara Forrest on the Louisiana Family Forum, which backed a law protecting science teachers who introduce supplemental creationist material when teaching evolution.

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"They pointed out that I was a Roman Catholic and therefore presumably didn't have anything against divine action. I said, 'Catholic, heck. I'm a Boston Red Sox fan. Of course I believe in divine action!' But the point was that it wasn't testable and therefore it wasn't science"

--Kenneth Miller on creationism in general, and recalling the opposing council's questioning of him in the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover case.

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"This happens sometimes in totalitarian regimes.... Of some incidental interest, perhaps, is the nature of the book they banned. It consists of op-eds written for The New York Times syndicate and distributed by them. The subversive rot must run very deep."

--Noted U.S. foreign policy critic and linguist Noam Chomsky, quoted in the Miami Herald on October 11, 2009, giving his reaction to the news that his book, Interventions, was banned from the Guantanamo prison camp library, which has over 16,000 items available.

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"I imagine there are a great deal of women who did find great comfort or strength in that, and isn't that okay in the same way if Jesus makes you stop drinking, it's okay?"

"I never think delusion is okay. I really don't"

--Author and 1998 Humanist of the Year Barbara Ehrenreich responds to Jon Stewart on the October 14, 2009, Daily Show. Ehrenreich was discussing her new book, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, and her frustration with the pressure to remain ever positive while battling breast cancer.

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