Monday, February 27, 2012

Second Annual Hot-Button Debate

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For Immediate Release
OKC Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State
Monday, March 5, 2012
Contact: James Nimmo, Communications Chair, 405-843-3651 james. nimmo @ gmail. com
OK Americans United 2nd Annual Hot Button Debate – 
Teaching Intelligent Design

What:    OKC Chapter of Americans United 2nd Annual Hot-Button Debate - 
“Intelligent Design should be taught in public school science classrooms".
When: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May, OKC, OK  
Parking Area "D" - Entrance "CU1", Rooms CU2 and CU3
Who: OKC Chapter of Americans United for Church & State and the public!

(OKLAHOMA CITY)  The Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will host its second annual hot-button debate on Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event debating the resolution  "Intelligent Design should be taught in public school science classrooms," will be held on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC), 7777 S. May, in Rooms CU2 and CU3.

James Nimmo, OK-AU Communications Chair said, "One task of Americans United is to offer educational opportunities for hot-button issues involving First Amendment state/church separation.  All Americans are free to exercise their private beliefs with others who share them.  However, to impose those private beliefs, through the power of law or with tax money, on others who have different beliefs is not in the spirit or the letter of the First Amendment."

Event debater Abbie Smith will be voicing opposition to the resolution: "Intelligent Design should be taught in public school science classrooms".

Ms. Smith is a graduate student studying the molecular and biochemical evolution of HIV within patients and within populations. She also studies epigenetic control of endogenous retroviruses (ERV). Smith has a BS in Biology from Truman State and is currently finishing her Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology at Oklahoma University.

Debating in favor of the resolution will be Dr. Steve Kern of Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.  Dr. Kern was in the opposing position at the 2011 debate where the resolution was whether the United States was established as a Christian nation.  Dr. Kern is married to Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern.  For more information visit www. olivetbaptistokc. com

Intelligent design parallels, but is not identical to creation science. It is the view that there is scientific evidence to support the Biblical Genesis account of the creation of the earth and of life.

Event moderator will be Rev. Jim Shields, board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma.  This debate is a free educational public event and all are invited to attend regardless of religious, political, or scientific viewpoints.

Recommended parking is at Area “D” - Entrance “CU1” - Rooms CU2 and CU3. 

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947; the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. 

For more information about the Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans for Separation of Church and State please visit www.okau.org or contact  James Nimmo at 405-843-3651.

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