15 thoughts on “USA: Bush’s creationists’ ban on saying how old Grand Canyon is

  1. RE: USA: creationist film at Smithsonian Institution
    Posted by: ace frehley
    Date: 06/20/05 at 3:48 PM

    What are you folks thinking? Intelligent Design has no place in the Smithsonian. This theory is based on superstition of the supernatural. If you try and legitmate such non-sense you will become a joke, a pitiful and sad joke. Shame on you.

    RE: USA: creationist film at Smithsonian Institution
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    Date: 06/20/05 at 5:21 PM
    Thanks for the comment ace. I agree “Intelligent Design has no place in the Smithsonian”. Whom do you mean with “you folks”, the Smithsonian leaders or the makers of that film?

    RE: USA: creationist film at Smithsonian Institution
    Posted by: Stealthbadger (View Website)
    Date: 06/20/05 at 11:03 PM
    For the entire duration of Secretary Small’s time in charge (a little over five years), the Smithsonian has been moving along the commercial and political path of least resistance. When Smithsonian Business Ventures was created (now controlling the restaraunts, magazines, theaters, product catalogue, branding, intellectual property, and other money-making concerns within the Institution), a very different ethos is in play now – unsurprisingly, since Small is not an academician, he’s a businessman. The financing through James Smithson’s bequest and private donors (the trust-fund side, where the research and education is done by the Institution), kept the Smithsonian impartial, at least in appearance. Small made it clear that the Smithsonian brand was now for sale, and everyone from MacDonald’s (http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2002/05/06/story6.html) to Shell (http://www.shellfoun…grammes/bio_002.html) has gotten a little piece of it. Now, the Smithsonian is heavily indebted to corporate and political forces that are reluctant to let go of this prize, and are abusing it for all it’s worth.

    RE: USA: creationist film at Smithsonian Institution
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    Date: 06/20/05 at 11:20 PM (3M6d ago)
    Hi Stealthbadger, thanks for this comment. Commercialism and religious fundamentalism seem to go hand in hand in this case.


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