Nonsense-Fighter Genie Scott Retires from NCSE

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May 8 2013 3:22 PM

Genie Scott Retires

Genie Scott
One of my heroes, Genie Scott.

Photo by NCSE

Genie Scott has announced she is retiring from her post as Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education.

Genie has been a tireless fighter against nonsense; for years as head of NCSE she kept up with and kept after people who try to wedge religious indoctrination into schools. Whether it was creationism or its mutant offspring Intelligent Design, she was always there, in the courtroom or on stage or writing about it. The NCSE is a shining example of what needs to be done in this never-ending affair.

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Genie was an expert witness for the Good Guys at the famous Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District case, one of the most humiliating defeats for ID and the reality-deficient Discovery Institute. That case was a landmark, and for it I have called Genie a hero. I stand by that label for her.

She has a keen intellect, a wonderful outlook, and a fierce determination to make sure children across this nation get a good science education. I am honored to call her friend, and I wish her the best in retirement. I’m sad to see her stepping down, but very, very happy she was there as long as she was.

Thank you, Genie. You’ve done good.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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