Well, this should piss off more than a few people from the intellectual back woods.
Nine academic, scientific and cultural institutions around [Philadelphia] 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.”
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.
The intent of the citywide event, said Janet M. Monge, one of the organizers, is to increase public understanding of evolution and science in general at a time when polls show that a majority of Americans believe God created man in his present form and that the number of people who accept the evolutionary model of human origins is declining.
Of course, the creationism/”intelligent” design folks cry that the government is trying to force a “religious” viewpoint on all of us.
That their “theories”, supported by absolutely no physical or reproducible evidence, carry just as much weight as 150 years of real scientific research.
As always, they’re full of crap.
Bravo to the organizers of this program for making a major effort to educate the public at a time when large numbers of them want to remain ignorant.