Saturday, March 19, 2005

Ignorance is Not a Right

"Christian" asshats are influencing what IMAX theatres are showing; no movies that mention evil-ution or talk up science. What a surprise. How about we move these people to Iran where they belong?

People who follow trends at commercial and institutional Imax theaters say that in recent years, religious controversy has adversely affected the distribution of a number of films, including "Cosmic Voyage," which depicts the universe in dimensions running from the scale of subatomic particles to clusters of galaxies; "Galápagos," about the islands where Darwin theorized about evolution; and "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," an underwater epic about the bizarre creatures that flourish in the hot, sulfurous emanations from vents in the ocean floor.

"Volcanoes," released in 2003 and sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and Rutgers University, has been turned down at about a dozen science centers, mostly in the South, said Dr. Richard Lutz, the Rutgers oceanographer who was chief scientist for the film. He said theater officials rejected the film because of its brief references to evolution, in particular to the possibility that life on Earth originated at the undersea vents.

Carol Murray, director of marketing for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, said the museum decided not to offer the movie after showing it to a sample audience, a practice often followed by managers of Imax theaters. Ms. Murray said 137 people participated in the survey, and while some thought it was well done, "some people said it was blasphemous."

In their written comments, she explained, they made statements like "I really hate it when the theory of evolution is presented as fact," or "I don't agree with their presentation of human existence."

Ignorance is not a right. I keep hearing people saying that we Democrats need to be more like the Repugs; we need to take "faith" seriously. Well, what the fundies in the Bible belt believe is not faith, it's bloody-minded ignorance and no, we are not going to be like that. Evolution and Christianity are not incompatible - if you have half a brain and use it.


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