Creationist Group on State Donor List Criticized

Group of faculty, staff hope to ouster charity

Friday, Dec 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:08 PM CDT
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Creationist Group on UT Donor List Criticized

Frank Heinz

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A group of faculty and staff from the University of Texas at Austin are seeking the ouster of a creationist group from a list of charities approved for state employee donations.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the State Employee Charitable Campaign will consider the group's grievance against the Institute of Creation Research at a Friday meeting in Austin. The panel decides each year what charities state workers can support through payroll deductions.

The critics question whether the group meets a legal requirement that the charities provide "direct or indirect health and human services." David Hills, an integrative biology professor at UT, calls the institute "an anti-science organization."

Institute officials didn't respond to inquiries from the newspaper or from The Associated Press.

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