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.
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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