January 26, 2009 | David F. Coppedge

Darwinists Frustrated at Public

“The creationists got what they wanted,” moaned Barbara Forrest in Science News of the Week (23 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5913, p. 451, DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5913.451b).  All they got was the right for teachers to use supplementary materials in Louisiana schools.  This followed a “wave of so-called academic freedom bills,” complained Yudhijit Bhattacharjee in his news item, “Educators Decry New Louisiana Policy.”  The article was reprinted for the Science blog Origins.  The Editors showed their bias by saying this about the decision: “the news wasn’t all positive for science this week.”  They called it a “loophole” to teach intelligent design in the classroom (see loaded words).
Seattle Times reported that the $2.25 million exhibit at the Pacific Science Center is losing money fast due to lack of public attendance.  Other museums are reconsidering whether to host the exhibit.  PSC president Bryce Seidl blamed the economy and the weather.  Chagrined at the low turnout, he said, “It’s a powerful story of evolution and culture and history … but we’re not getting the attendance we need for an exhibit of this scale.”

You can’t gauge the value of something by the turnout, else everyone would go to classical music concerts.  It is kind of funny, though.  The Darwinists assumed the public would swoon over their idol like they do.  If it were that special to them, they would brave the snow and pay the dough for it.  Maybe they don’t because they like to keep their assets (click icon, right).
    As to whether Louisiana teachers should have academic freedom, or whether students should be able to see a copy of Explore Evolution in the classroom, just imagine what a horrible thing that would be.  When observing a heated controversy, one heuristic approach for deciding who has more credibility is to see which party wants both sides to be heard.  Another is to see which side is capable of accurately articulating the position of the other side.

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