Is it possible that Casey and your Curmudgeon are somehow supernaturally synchronized? Yesterday we posted Premature Climax?, about what we’ve been calling the Darwin’s Dilemma Exhibition Case.
And today there’s an article about that same litigation at the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
We therefore feel compelled to present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from An Enclave of Intolerance: Anti-Intelligent Design Pressure from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. We have so much admiration for the lad that we recently announced Casey Luskin Is Named a Curmudgeon Fellow.
In his latest posting, Casey describes some more email he obtained as a result of some Records Act litigation. See: Discovery Institute Finds “Viewpoint Discrimination”. This material has given him an inside look at how rational people think about the activities of Discoveroids. Such information must be very disquieting for someone with Casey’s well-known sensitivity, which we’ve previously documented — see Hey Casey!
In his latest blog article, Casey reveals that he’s uncovered what he calls “An Enclave of Intolerance.” He says, with bold font added by us:
A major reason that the California Science Center (CSC) ultimately cancelled its contract with the American Freedom Alliance (AFA) to show a pro-intelligent design film was pressure from museums — both nearby and far away — to distance itself from anything associated with intelligent design (ID).
He then describes some email chit-chat among the personnel of various science museums concerning the scheduled creationist movie, including one from someone he identifies as “Jody Martin, an evolutionary biologist who studies crustaceans at NHMLAC [Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County]”. Let’s read on:
Obviously Martin himself is intolerant of ID. But it’s important to understand what’s going on here at a deeper level. What we see in this enclave in Los Angeles encompassing CSC and NHMLAC is a culture of intolerance. Not only are individual science museum staff opposed to ID, but they are committed to enforcing a rule preventing others in the community from doing anything that would lend support to ID.
How horrible! Casey now realizes that although he and his Discoveroid colleagues are leading society to a wondrous new world of creationist brilliance, they’re threatened by an enclave — a veritable viper’s nest — of intolerance. Casey’s article continues:
More importantly, Martin is not alone in his mindset; it reflects the culture in this enclave. He undoubtedly expresses the sentiments that many local evolutionists, including those at CSC [California Science Center], would have if AFA’s event [the creationist movie exhibition] had gone forward. They would view it as causing “damage” to the “reputation” of the CSC. These are the same fears the CSC cited in ultimately canceling AFA’s event.
Casey’s post goes on and on, as the evil in the “enclave” of evolutionists becomes almost more than his sensitive nature can endure. He finishes with this:
No doubt CSC was under immense pressure to cancel [the creationist movie]. In this case, the pressure stemmed from a culture of intolerance that cared nothing for First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and prohibitions of government discrimination against certain viewpoints.
Having read Casey’s article, your Curmudgeon is inspired. According to Casey, the science museums constitute “an enclave of intolerance” that exists in a world where everyone else accepts the “science” of creationism. That seems just a little bit upside-down to us. Which worldview is really the oddity here?
Your Curmudgeon sees this as an opportunity. Accordingly, we throw open the comments section so that you, dear reader, may describe things from a different perspective. We invite you to complete this expression:
You know the rules: Enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Your Curmudgeon will decide if there’s a winner, and if we end this thing we’ll announce who the winner is.
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