Devolution In Action: Spineless In Fort Worth

From The Observer:
In several US states, Imax cinemas - including some at science museums - are refusing to show movies that mention the subject or suggest that Earth's origins do not conform with biblical descriptions.

Films include Cosmic Voyage, an animated journey through the universe; Galapagos, a documentary about the islands where Darwin made some of his most important observations; and Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, an underwater epic about the bizarre creatures that flourish near ocean vents.

In most southern states, theatre officials found recent test screenings of several of these films triggered accusations from viewers that the films were blasphemous.

Carol Murray, marketing director of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Texas, said audience members who had watched Volcanoes had commented 'I really hate it when the theory of evolution is presented as fact', or 'I don't agree with their presentation of human existence.'

As a result, the science museum had decided not to screen the film. 'If it is not going to draw a crowd and it is going to create controversy, from a marketing point of view, I cannot make a recommendation,' Murray told the New York Times yesterday.

Carol Murray is an idiot, and utterly incompetent as a marketing director.

She should have told the complainers (how many, out of how many audience viewers?) thanks for their views, and that they were free to express their views publicly.

Had Christian wackos shown up to picket or protest the film's showing, with attendant local tv and newspaper coverage, it would have drawn HUGE crowds to the museum to see what all the fuss was about.

AND the Museum could have then said, "We feel the public is intelligent enough to think about the views and facts presented in the films. They can't do that if the film isn't shown."

Instead... they caved. Cravenly. Cowardly. Stupidly.

Carol Murray should be fired. And any Museum board members who agreed with her opinion should hang their heads in shame.

(I can't help but wonder about Ms. Murray: What church does SHE attend?)

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