Science and Religion

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the American Society of Mammalogists joins with the American Institute of Biological Sciences and other scientific societies in deploring the efforts of groups in California and elsewhere to interject the teaching of religious accounts of creation into science courses of public schools.

The present knowledge of biological evolution is based on a firm body of scientific evidence. Other explanations generated non-scientifically for the origin and continuance of life, including man, are not arguable on scientific grounds and should not be required as part of a science course.

We therefore oppose all efforts to insist that religious beliefs and values be presented as if they comprise a part of the body of scientific knowledge. We call upon all responsible groups to reject all such efforts.