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In Oklahoma, Darwinist Choir Sings the Praises of Suppression and Censorship

It’s funny how a little thing like a documentary film can send the Darwinist choir into tizzy tantrums. If Darwin’s theory is the be all end all of science, why are they so worried by a small, independent film? Because, it is the power of the ideas in the film that have them scared.

The makers of Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet have produced the third in their trilogy of films about intelligent design, Darwin’s Dilemma The Mystery of the Cambrian Explosion. It’s a fantastic film and the producers are screening it in various venues around the country before it’s release on DVD next week. One of which is the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, which has PZ Myers — who has one of the biggest Darwinian bullyhorns anywhere — really in a fit. How dare a natural history museum allow such a film to be screened!

The real shame, though, is that they’ve landed a respectable venue for the premiere: The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Oklahoma. Well, it was respectable. This will put a little spot of schmutz on their glossy reputation, I fear. …
So, where are the University of Oklahoma biology professors? Where is the staff of the museum? Where are the rational people of the state of Oklahoma? They should all be rising up in disgust to mock this ridiculous affair.

This explicit bit of disgust has an implicit threat of censorship behind it. Since the comment comes from Myers it can be filed in the department of no-big-frickin’-surprise. He’s the same state-funded blogger who said this about Darwin doubters:

“I say, screw the polite words and careful rhetoric. It¹s time for scientists to break out the steel-toed boots and brass knuckles, and get out there and hammer on the lunatics and idiots.”

And in a follow-up for the department of no-big-frickin’-surprise here’s this bit of intolerance from Myers.

Please don’t try to tell me that you object to the tone of our complaints. Our only problem is that we aren’t martial enough, or vigorous enough, or loud enough, or angry enough. The only appropriate responses should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing and humiliation of some teachers, many schoolboard members, and vast numbers of sleazy far-right politicians.

Now, according to Myers the Sam Noble Museum should be ashamed, ashamed of supporting free-speech and not succumbing to the Darwinist lobbies demands that all criticism of Darwin be suppressed. I don’t think there’s much shame in that.

Robert Crowther, II

Robert Crowther holds a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public affairs and 20 years experience as a journalist, publisher, and brand marketing and media relations specialist. From 1994-2000 he was the Director of Public and Media Relations for Discovery Institute overseeing most aspects of communications for each of the Institute's major programs. In addition to handling public and media relations he managed the Institute's first three books to press, Justice Matters by Roberta Katz, Speaking of George Gilder edited by Frank Gregorsky, and The End of Money by Richard Rahn.