This is very good news, but don’t you wish we had a few more prominent American secularists to put on this advisory board? Welcome, Richard. Help us out!
Famed Scientist Richard Dawkins Joins the Advisory Board of the Secular
Coalition for America
Washington, DC — The Secular Coalition for America is
pleased to announce the addition of Richard Dawkins to its Advisory Board.
The Secular Coalition for America is the first lobbying organization
representing the interests of atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other
nontheists in the nation’s capitol.
Richard Dawkins is a well known commentator on science, religion, and
politics. He taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley
and at Oxford University and now holds the Charles Simonyi Chair in the
Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. Dr. Dawkins is an eminent
ethologist, evolutionary theorist, and popular science writer. His
bestselling books include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker (for
which he won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Los Angeles
Times Literary Prize), The Extended Phenotype, River Out of Eden, Climbing
Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil’s Chaplain. His
latest book, The God Delusion, will be released in October.
Lori Lipman Brown, the Director of the Secular Coalition for America,
stated “Richard Dawkins embodies our mission statement commitment in
‘promoting reason and science as the most reliable methods for
understanding the universe and improving the human condition.'” His
international perspective will assist the Secular Coalition for America in
tackling the irrational barriers that inhibit the exploration of
scientific arenas such as stem cell research. In June of last year, the
House of Representatives passed HB 810, which would allow expanded stem
cell research; however, the Senate has taken no action on this
legislation. This legislative lethargy enforced by the Senate leadership
is completely lacking in conscience or compassion. If allowed to proceed,
stem cell research has the potential to find cures for a host of diseases
and injuries including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, diabetes, and
spinal cord injuries. The Secular Coalition for America again thanks Dr.
Dawkins for joining its Advisory Board and looks forward to his insights
on promoting rational public policies.
Unfortunately, there is some bad news in there. I have to wait until OCTOBER for The God Delusion? Crap.