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Darwin event at museum scuttled when some engineers ask for equal time for ID

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From Raw Story

New Mexico museum scuttles Darwin events after creationists demand ‘intelligent design’ coverage

e New Mexico Museum of Natural History canceled a series of events honoring scientist Charles Darwin after two local retired engineers lobbied for discussions on “intelligent design” to be included, KRQE-TV reported.

“It’s a very controversial issue,” said James Campbell, one of the men who contacted state officials. “There’s a tremendous body of evidence against Darwinian evolution, and we think people should be aware of that.”

It is the actual, non-tax supported story, so predictably the Museum ran away from it.

Campbell and Mike Edenburn, both former employees of the Sandia National Laboratories facility in Albuquerque, wrote Gov. Susana Martinez’s (R) office after seeing a flyer for the “Darwins Day” event listing the museum as a co-sponsor alongside groups like the Humanist Society of New Mexico, New Mexicans for Science & Reason (NMSR), and the Alburquerque chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The events were slated to coincide with International Charles Darwin Day, which honors Darwin’s “remarkable impact on biology, cosmology, and the scientific process.”

Cosmology? Oh yes, of course, the multiverse and the current war on falsifiability probably have their roots in the thought patterns around Darwinan evolution, You know, our brains are shaped for fitness, not for truth, and all that. So no, science need not make sense. As long as it is naturalist (nature is all there is), that is okay.

The state Department of Cultural Affairs replied to Campbell and Edenburn saying the listing was a mistake. But Edenburn used a public records request to obtain an email showing a museum docent, Jim Peavler, rejecting intelligent design — or “ID,” for short — as a topic of discussion.

In short, as the inclusion of “cosmology”—in the context—indicates, this was essentially a religious event, to be held at public expense.

There is abundant evidence that Darwinism is now essentially a popular cult. That is why politician (and possible US Prez aspirant) Scott Walker is stalked by blowdried legacy news anchors and other concern trolls who want to know what he “thinks” about “evolution.”

They mean popular Darwinism, of course; they certainly are not asking about epigenetics or horizontal gene transfer. Plausible mechanisms for evolution are matters for people with a genuine interest in the problems and issues. Popular Darwinism is for hucksters, lobbyists, and blowdrys.

Note: If the event had been held, there is no chance they would have got into Darwinian racism, either 19th century or modern.

Oopsies, maybe it can’t be racism if approved groups like Darwin’s followers do it—even though it sounds exactly like what we would otherwise call racism. We’ve seen a bunch of that kind of stuff lately…

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9 Replies to “Darwin event at museum scuttled when some engineers ask for equal time for ID

  1. 1
    Axel says:

    If intelligent design was good enough for Einstein and Planck, the twin revolutionary giants, who founded the paradigms of modern science, it’s should be good enough for today’s Lilliputian, atheist hirelings.

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    goodusername says:

    Oopsies, maybe it can’t be racism if approved groups like Darwin’s followers do it—even though it sounds exactly like what we would otherwise call racism. We’ve seen a bunch of that kind of stuff lately…

    Where do you see anything about Darwin there? And it does sound like people are saying it’s racist – which is why it made the news.

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    Robert Byers says:

    The conclusion that God/genesis is behind origins is not controversial except in oppressive elite circles. This is a spirit of censorship and using public things to attack creationism and Christian doctrines.
    Time for a change in who is the boss.
    In fact there would be more interest in these museums if there was fair equal time.

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    humbled says:

    ““There’s a tremendous body of evidence against Darwinian evolution, and we think people should be aware of that.””

    Agree 100%. Why are the darwin faithful so threatened by the truth I wonder? 😉

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    rvb8 says:

    Here you have a site that purports to be at the vanguard of ID thought, does it not? Why then not completely ignore Evolutionary Biology and create your own area of study? It’s what you’ve been claiming to have been doing for years, well?

    You could start by saying, ‘scientists don’t know everything’. Unfortunately the scientists will say, ‘true’. You could move on to, ‘Evolutionary Biology has problems here, here and here.’ Again, unfortunately the scientists will say, ‘true’. You could then go and, and, and, aaah.

    Sorry out of ideas. Your turn!

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    bFast says:

    I am a bit puzzled by the title of this post. I am not reading in the content that “equal time” was asked for by ID, only that any time was allocated.

    This does seem to be an interesting way to shut down the whole “Darwin day” nonsense — or at least shift it to April 1. Maybe we all need to make sure that local Darwin day celebrations give opening to ID. As ID is obviously so toxic to the Darwin concept, Darwin day everywhere will be shut down rather than hear descent.

    Guess Darwin has a fragile ego.

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    bFast says:

    rvb8, “You could move on to, ‘Evolutionary Biology has problems here, here and here.’ Again, unfortunately the scientists will say, ‘true’.”

    Scientists will say “true”? Not so much. Humble physicists are easy to find. Humble evolutionary biologists are rarer than hen’s teeth.

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    rvb8 says:

    If they’re not humble, make them so with outstanding new discoveries, mind altering research, flashes of brilliant insight. Have a ‘Dembsky Day’ and promote his CSI and ‘no free lunch’ nonsense, his 10 to the Nth of improbability for mud to become man, shambles. Where is he by the way, and what is his research producing? Attacking science without any plausible alternative is very barren indeed.

    I’m not sure we have heard the end of this as using public money for the edification of the public, seems like a very public spirited idea. Like Huxley, the defenders of science are difficult to deal with when they are confronted openly, and publicly.

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    Andre says:

    RVB8

    You have to stop talking nonsense nobody is attacking science, that crazy old coot who was angry at God for taking his daughter, we reject his just so stories. Seriously man. Darwinian evolution is nothing more than a fairy tale that simple minded people adore…

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