DEBATE: Alliance claims it was censorship; science center says no.
By Troy Anderson, Staff Writer
Updated: 10/08/2009 10:51:02 PM PDT
As the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s landmark book on evolution approaches, a brouhaha has erupted in Los Angeles County over a planned series of events exploring the conflict between his theories and “intelligent design” advocates. A group that favors “intelligent design” had planned to premier a new documentary film at the California Science Center in Los Angeles later this month, but the center later canceled the event.
The group claims the cancellation was an act of censorship, made after the center was pressured by the Smithsonian Institution, but the center chalked it up to a contract issue, without elaborating.
Coined “The Darwin Debates: A Forum for Dialogue,” the nonprofit American Freedom Alliance had planned to premier a new Illustra Media documentary, “Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Explosion,” at the California Science Center on Oct. 25.
The Los Angeles-based alliance describes itself as a “nonpolitical, nonpartisan, movement of concerned Americans which identifies threats to western civilization.” Those threats, according to the group include “the Islamic penetration of Europe” and “the growth of radical environmentalism.”