When creationists claim that evolution is a theory in crisis, tottering on the verge of extinction, ready for the dustbin of history, the scientific community - including the most prestigious scientific organizations in the country, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science - is always there to tell the truth. "The contemporary theory of biological evolution is one of the most robust products of scientific inquiry," the AAAS observes.
When creationists claim that evolution is intrinsically antireligious, a deadly threat to faith and morals, a goodly portion of the faith community - Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and humanist - is always there to demonstrate that there are people of faith who regard their acceptance of evolution as compatible with, or even enriching, their religious faith, and who reject any creationist attempts to portray a rejection of evolution as essential to their faith.
And when creationists claim that it is unfair not to teach creationism along with evolution, or not to teach that evolution is in a precarious state, the rebuttal is twofold. The science education community - including the National Association of Biology Teachers and the National Science Teachers Association - is always there to explain that compromising the integrity of science education in order to cater to creationist ideology is not fair to students or teachers.
For its part, the civil liberties community - including the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State - is always there to insist that for the government to promote creationism or compromise the teaching of evolution to placate a creationist minority is not fair to the citizens of a republic in which a basic constitutional principle is the government's religious neutrality.
Just as gratifying as the constancy of the opposition to the creationist assault is the increase in the number of organizations offering it: The first edition of Voices for Evolution contained 68 statements; the second edition, a round 100; the third edition, which you are reading now, 176. The National Center for Science Education is grateful to the organizations represented in Voices for Evolution for taking a stand in defense of the teaching of evolution in the public schools.