What is an original document?
In some sense this list is arbitrary. What counts as an original document? Here I list all pdf documents and complete published emails as well as some videos. Send me an email (or edit this article) if I've missed anything. See the discussion page for this article for details about editing this page.
Original documents related to the La Sierra Controversy still on the web
Student petitions and letters before 2009.
Student petition from 1999, original document. http://www.scribd.com/doc/36191246/Enough-is-Enough
Janelle (Moorehead) Shives, student petition from 2004, original document, May 27, 2004. http://www.scribd.com/doc/42068559/LSU-Petition-2004-1
Janelle (Moorehead) Shives, letter to church leaders, original document, July 14, 2004. http://www.scribd.com/doc/43686269/Janelle-Letter
Letters and emails at the beginning of the recent Controversy
Sean Pitman, Evolution vs. Creation, February 20, 2009. http://www.detectingdesign.com/videoclips.html#Creation
Sean Pitman, Letter to Jan Paulsen by Sean Pitman, MD, Educate Truth, March 16, 2009. http://www.educatetruth.com/letters/letter-to-jan-paulsen-by-sean-pitman-md/
David Asscherick, David Asscherick letter to the General Conference, Educate Truth, April 30, 2009 (published June 6, 2009). http://www.educatetruth.com/letters/david-asscherick-email-to-the-general-conference/
Carlos Cerna and Gary Bradley, original email exchange, May 12-13, 2009. http://lasierrauniv.tigblog.org/post/762323
Randal Wisbey, letter to La Sierra University community, original document, May 18, 2009. http://www.lasierra.edu/fileadmin/documents/president/Letter_from_R_Wisbey_May18.pdf
Harold J. Lance, letter to Don Schneider, original document, May 27, 2009. http://www.scribd.com/doc/16087392/ASI-Missions-Inc-Letter-52709
Carlos Cerna, Letter to Wisbey from Carlos Cerna, Educate Truth, June 1, 2009 (published August 25, 2009). http://www.educatetruth.com/la-sierra-evidence/testimony/letter-to-dr-wisbey-from-carlos-cerna/
Randal Wisbey et al, Readers Respond to the Evolution Controversy at La Sierra University, Adventist Review, May 6, 2010. http://www.adventistreview.org/article.php?id=3304
Miscellaneous letters, petitions, and documents related to websites and news stories
Shane Hilde, Petition to Our Seventh-day Adventist Church Leadership, petition on ipetitions.com, June 2, 2009. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sixdaycreation/
Edward R. McNicholas, letter to Domains by Proxy, Inc., original document, June 8, 2009. http://www.scribd.com/doc/16231218/La-Sierra-University-Letter
Sean Pitman, The Evolution of La Sierra University, February, 2010. http://www.detectingdesign.com/EvolutionofLaSierraUniversity.html
Sean Pitman, An Open Letter to Elders Jan Paulsen, Don C. Schneider, Ricardo Graham, original document, January 1, 2010. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25399194/Open-Letter-Re-LSU-Jan-1-2009
Biology at La Sierra University, June 21, 2010. http://www.lasierra.edu/index.php?id=3256
The two hour 3ABN special featuring Sean Pitman and David Asscherick
Sean Pitman and David Asscherick, The Science of Faith—Seeing God Through His Creation, 3ABN, October 9, 2009. http://www.viddler.com/explore/Seanpit/videos/18/
La Sierra Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees documents
La Sierra University Faculty Senate Resolution, Affirmation of Support for Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, original document, November 6, 2009. http://www.scribd.com/doc/26239165/Faculty-Senate-Resolution
La Sierra Board of Trustees, Statement of Support for the Adventist View of Creation, original document, November 11, 2009. http://www.lasierra.edu/board/Board_Statement_of_Support11-09.pdf
La Sierra Board of Trustees, Resolution Regarding a Scientifically Rigorous Affirmation of Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs Regarding Creation, original document, November 12, 2009. http://www.lasierra.edu/board/Board_Resolution11-09.pdf
La Sierra Board of Trustees, La Sierra University Board of Trustees Affirms University’s Support for Church’s Creation Doctrine, original document, November 12, 2009. http://www.lasierra.edu/index.php?id=1975
Michigan Conference Executive Committee documents
Jay Gallimore, Evolution in Education?, Michigan Memo, August 2009. http://www.misda.org/site/1/Communication/2009_August_Mi_Memo.pdf
Jay Gallimore, ”Go Forward,” Despite the Dangers, Michigan Memo, August 2010. http://www.misda.org/site/1/Communication/2010_Aug_MM_2.pdf
Michigan Conference Executive Committee, Actions of the Michigan Conference Executive Committee following up on the promises published in the August 2009 //Michigan Memo on “Evolution in Education?”//, original document, May 25, 2010. http://www.scribd.com/doc/32014800/Mcec-Action-Voted-May-25-2010
Randal Wisbey, La Sierra University Responds to the Michigan Conference Action, May 28, 2010. http://www.lasierra.edu/index.php?id=3183
California Conference Executive Committee letter
Jerry N. Page, CCC Requests “Decisive and Conclusive Resolution” from LSU, Educate Truth, June 21, 2010. http://www.educatetruth.com/la-sierra-evidence/ccc-requests-decisive-and-conclusive-resolution-from-lsu/
Documents related to WASC and AAA accreditation
Ralph A. Wolff, letter to Randal Wisbey and Report of the WASC Visiting Team , original document, June 29, 2010. http://www.scribd.com/doc/52717657/WASC
Larry Becker, press release concerning AAA site visit, original document, February 8, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/48468823/Lsu-Release
Ralph A. Wolff, Commission Action Letter — La Sierra University, original document, July 5, 2011. http://www.lasierra.edu/fileadmin/documents/prmarketing/WASC_July_2011_Action_Letter.pdf
Documents related to the Creation-Evolution Study Group and Student Survey
LSU Biology Survey Findings, powerpoint presentation, original document, November 10, 2010. http://www.scribd.com/doc/55406545/LSU-Biology-Survey-Findings
Creation-Evolution Study Group, Report and Recommendations, original document, February 9, 2011. http://www.lasierra.edu/fileadmin/documents/provost/LSU_Board_Report.pdf
Randal Wisbey and Ricardo Graham, An Open Letter Regarding the Teaching of Creation, original document, March 9, 2011. http://www.lasierra.edu/fileadmin/documents/provost/OpenLetterReCreationLSU.pdf
T. Joe Willey, Faulty Analysis of La Sierra University Biology Student Survey Provokes Unjustified Apology, original document, May 17, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/55930213/Analysis-of-La-Sierra-University-Student-Survey
Resignations and lawsuit
Alexander Carpenter, Two Recent Documents Regarding the La Sierra Resignations, Spectrum blog, June 14, 2011. http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2011/06/14/two-recent-documents-regarding-la-sierra-resignations
Jack Boren, Lawsuit Filed by Three La Sierra University Employees Who Were Forced to Resign by the Board of Trustees Chair, original document, July 28, 2011. http://www.mccunewright.com/assets/news/Kaatz_PressRelease.pdf
Complaint for Money Damages and Injunctive Relief, original document, July 28, 2011. http://www.mccunewright.com/assets/news/FiledLSUComplaint.pdf
PUC and NAD’s Demurrer, original document, September 13, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/70174161/Defendants-PUC-and-NAD-Demurrer also http://www.mccunewright.com/assets/news/Def_PUC_and_NAD_Demurrer.pdf
Demurrer to Plaintiffs' Complaint, Demurrer for LSU, original document, September 13, 2011. http://www.mccunewright.com/assets/news/Def_LSU_Demurrer.pdf
Jack Boren, Terminated La Sierra University Employees' Counsel Responds to Defendents' Initial Court Filings, original document, September 14, 2011. http://www.mccunewright.com/assets/news/LSU_Press_Release_9-14-11.pdf
Ricardo Graham’s Motion to Strike, original document, September 22 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/70149095/Ricardo-Graham-s-Motion-to-Strike
Ricardo Graham’s Demurrer, original document, September 22, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/70143660/Ricardo-Graham-s-Demurrer
Plaintiffs Opposition to LSU Demurrer, original document, October 6, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/70180402/Plaintiffs-Opposition-to-LSU-Demurrer
Plaintiffs Opposition to PUC and NAD Demurrer, original document, October 6, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/70179956/Plaintiffs-Opposition-to-PUC-and-NAD-Demurrer
Plaintiffs' Opposition to LSU Motion to Strike, original document, October 6, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/70179437/Plaintiffs-Opposition-to-LSU-Motion-to-Strike
Plaintiffs' Opposition and Objection to Request for Judicial Notice, original document, October 6, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/70175072/Plaintiffs-Opposition-and-Objection-to-Request-for-Judicial-Notice
Joint Proposal documents.
A Response to the Joint Proposal, original document, October 5, 2011. http://www.adventistreview.org/site/1/2011-1527/Response%20to%20Joint%20Proposal.pdf
James Wilson, et al, Joint Proposal of individual La Sierra University Faculty and Trustees, original document, October 5, 2011. http://www.adventistreview.org/site/1/2011-1527/Joint%20Proposal%20of%20individual%20La%20Sierra%20University%20Faculty%20and%20Trustees_05oct2011.pdf
Original documents that are missing or removed
WikiTruth cannot find some items that figure in to the controversy which were formerly available online. Not included on this list are items which were removed from their original or most well-known publication location but remain online. (See the next section.)
- Doug Batchelor's Facebook comment about La Sierra and lasierrauniversity.net.
- Carlos Cerna's research paper.
Original documents with questionable legal status
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- Course materials and syllabi from various classes taught at LSU.
- Videos or portions of videos of lectures of the freshman biology seminar, BIOL 111A.
- Many private emails and chat logs between Sean Pitman and various people such as Jan Paulsen, Erv Taylor, Carlos Cerna, Janelle Shives, etc. Also, emails between other people which were forwarded to Sean Pitman.
- The recording at the center of the LSU-4 controversy which includes the April 20 faculty meeting with Dan Jackson and Larry Blackmer which was intentionally recorded as well as the subsequent candid conversation which was accidentally recorded.
- A secretly recorded video of a lecture given by Bryan Ness, PUC biology professor and the target of criticism from Educate Truth.
- A recording of an October 22, 2009 colloquy presentation given by Bryan Ness on creation.