On November 20, 2009, Educate Truth posted an article “La Sierra’s misleading PR campaign.” The same day Dr. Wisbey sent Educate Truth a memo, expressing he was “outraged” Educate Truth had “attack[ed]” one of La Sierra’s students. The following is Educate Truth’s response to Dr. Wisbey’s letter:
We assume the students attending LSU are innocent. Our concern is with the LSU leadership who would think to take advantage of innocent students, like Ms. B, to promote LSU with a PR video that is very misleading at best. As you know, Ms. B’s words do not accurately reflect the beliefs, public statements or actions of many of your science professors.
Let’s be honest about what many LSU science professors stand for and teach, compared to what your PR video suggests. Isn’t it true this video portrays all science professors at LSU as being in full support of the SDA position on origins and a literal creation week? Isn’t it true this video gives the impression LSU science professors do not believe or actively promote the theory of evolution in their classrooms? Is it actually true your professors only teach evolution as a false theory that LSU students simply need to understand? Aren’t these the impressions your PR video give to potential students and their parents?
If this PR video is truly reflective of LSU, how does it line up with the public statements of many of your science professors? From what your professors have said, it is obvious many of your professors do not support the SDA position of origins. These professors actively promote the “truth” and “validity” of the modern synthesis view of the theory of evolution. These professors call literal six-day creationists the “lunatic fringe.” They do not teach evolution as a false theory or discuss the evidence for creation in their classes. Yet still, you insist on promoting LSU with misleading and essentially deceptive PR advertisements? Why?
Are you not even a little disturbed by this? Who should really be upset here? There is deliberate misrepresentation of what is taking place in the LSU classrooms. Teachings that run contrary to our most cherished understanding of the Biblical record are being covered up, so they can continue being taught. Is this not what’s “outrageous”? Or is it really more outrageous to question why this sort of activity is going on at an SDA university?
In short, we cannot remove the information about what LSU is doing. We think it’s a shame LSU is using innocent and/or naive students in misleading and deliberately deceptive PR advertisements. Until LSU becomes transparent about what it actively supports and promotes in its classrooms, we must continue to shed light on the issues. Furthermore, we suggest you remove this deceptive video from your website. If you do so, we will also obligingly remove our article and comments in regards to the video. And if there is anything false or exaggerated in what we have written, please let us know and we will correct it immediately.
Educate Truth Staff