Thursday, November 24, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

An exhibition celebrating the life of Charles Darwin has failed to find a corporate sponsor because American companies are anxious not to take sides in the heated debate between scientists and fundamentalist Christians over the theory of evolution.

The entire $3 million cost of Darwin, which opened at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Nov. 19, is instead being borne by wealthy individuals and private charitable donations.

The failure of American companies to back what until recently would have been considered a mainstream educational exhibition reflects the growing influence of fundamentalist Christians, who are among President George W. Bush's most vocal supporters, over all walks of life in the United States.

"It is a disgrace that large companies should shy away from such an important scientific exhibition," said a trustee of another prominent museum in the city.

-- London Daily Telegraph, Nov. 20


Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Deservedly, the "intelligent design" crowd, which helped scare off corporate sponsors for the exhibit, were named "worst persons in the world" by Keith Olbermann yesterday.

If a large religious group decided gravity didn't exist, or that slavery was a good idea, would corporate sponsors listen to them? Of course not. So why should they listen to this nonsense?

Religious beliefs are religious beliefs. They should not serve as replacements for science.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Sarah Sometimes said...

This is truly scary.

12:19 AM  
Anonymous ash said...

Not only scary, sarah, but infuriating, discouraging, nauseating, bewildering, jaw-dropping, disgusting, disparaging, even puke-worthy.

And one would wonder, would one not, that if the ID bullsh..., uh, proponents are content to teach Evolution alongside ID in the schools, they might also tolerate the Darwin exhibit accompanied by one honoring their representative - Robertson, for instance, as opposed to intimidating prospective sponsors into running scared for fear of fundamentalist backlash.

Speaking of backlash, and to borrow their terminology, this is just one more reason to pray for a Democratic resurgance in 06 and, dare we add, 08 as well.

4:03 PM  
Blogger LaurenK said...

The Religious Right in this country are weilding too much power, they actually have a "direct line" to the President, no - really it's true - read my blog on this if you want scary - the blog is called "Keeping Religion Out of the Voting Booths". Tom Brokaw did a piece on Evangelical Christians and I have to say that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up after watching it. I feel that if not the Dems then some Moderates will rise up in 2006 and 2008 and they will have a large group of supporters.

1:41 PM  

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