IN THE ONCE-PRESTIGIOUS New York Times we read: Philadelphia Set to Honor Darwin and Evolution. Excerpts (bold added for emphasis):
Nine academic, scientific and cultural institutions around the city are holding a Year of Evolution, a series of exhibitions, seminars and lectures to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin next February, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, “The Origin of Species.”
Very nice article so far about an important event. It also mentions this additional attraction:
Events will include a talk by John E. Jones III, a federal judge who ruled in 2005 that teaching intelligent design — the belief that some aspects of nature are so complex that they must be the work of a higher power rather than of evolution — in public school science classes was unconstitutional.
That refers, of course, to Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
Then the article rapidly degenerates as the Times discusses the “other side,” giving creationists unwarranted publicity:
Ken Ham, the president of the Creation Museum, said he expected to see more pro-evolution events as the Darwin anniversary approaches. Mr. Ham said that in response his museum was planning its own exhibits on the origins of life.
He rejected the possibility that Christians could believe in evolution. “If you take Genesis as literal history, then of course the two are exclusive,” he said. “Christians who believe in evolution are being inconsistent.”
Why does the Times help to promote Ken Ham? While they’re at it, they should have tossed in a plug for Olga the Palm Reader. I’m sure she could use the business.