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A friend has pointed out this story.

The fight over evolution has reached the big, big screen.

Several IMAX theaters, including some in science museums, are refusing to exhibit movies that mention the subject -- or the Big Bang or the geology of the Earth -- fearing protests from people who object to films that contradict biblical descriptions of the origin of Earth and its creatures.


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 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, marketing director for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, said the museum decided not to show the movie Volcanoes after screening it for a sample audience. She said 137 people watched the film and participated in a survey, and while some thought it was well done, "some people said it was blasphemous."

• In their written comments, Murray explained, they said things 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." She said one viewer described the film as "anti-creationist propaganda."

• Overall, the film did not get high marks. "I am sure it would have done better in the survey if it had not offended some people," Murray said. "But if it's not going to draw a crowd and it is going to create controversy, from a marketing standpoint, I cannot make a recommendation" to show it.

I've been to this museum several times now. If the story is accurate, this makes me want to barf.

I've sent the museum a letter asking whether their mission is to promote actual science or to placate people with unscientific viewpoints. I'll let you know if I hear anything.

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