Saturday, August 30, 2008

Censoring Darwin

Just how sensitive are our public authorities becoming to the whinges of religious fundamentalists?

A Northampton museum covered up part of a display on evolution because one single Christian objected.

I'm sure I needn't go into one here about the importance of defending free speech and scientific progress against superstitious throwbacks - it's one of our favourite subjects here on Stroppyblog, after all. But I can't help but suspect that, say, a decade ago, this simply wouldn't have happened. Maybe the Christian would not even have complained, but if s/he had done, I feel confident that the administrators of a public service would have politely explained that a museum's role is to provide interesting, educational, factual displays, not to pander to religious sensibilities, and certainly not to allow one person's 'offence' to deny everyone else the right to view an uncensored exhibit.

Hat tip: Pat

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