Skip to comments.California Science Center Sued for Cancelling Screening of Intelligent Design Video
Posted on 11/25/2009 9:20:44 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
A lawsuit has been filed against the California Science Center by the American Freedom Alliance (AFA) for cancelling the AFAs contract to screen the Darwins Dilemma documentary on October 25th. According to AFAs press release:
American Freedom Alliance (AFA), a non-profit group, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against a popular science museum for cancelling an event exploring the topic of intelligent design. The group says its free speech rights were violated when the California Science Center (CSC) abruptly reversed a decision to allow the showing of a pro-intelligent design documentary at the museums IMAX Theater. The program was also scheduled to screen a pro-evolution film, but, the lawsuit alleges, museum officials were fearful of having intelligent design discussed in any context.
The lawsuit is believed to be the first since the 2005 case of Kitzmiller v. Dover to consider the publics right to learn about intelligent design. While that case focused on whether a public school violated the First Amendment No Establishment Clause by instructing students about the theory, AFAs lawsuit alleges that the museum violated its First Amendment rights by caving in to demands within the scientific and academic communities to deny intelligent design a public forum for discussion.
Discovery Institute is not a party to AFAs lawsuit, nor was it a party to AFAs original contract with the California Science Center. AFAs statement explains that:
The lawsuit alleges that CSC officials conspired to drop the event because they did not want the museum to be viewed as legitimizing intelligent design as a scientific theory. It alleges that the museums CEO/President, Jeffrey Rudolph, was pressured to cancel the event by colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Southern California, the Huntington Library and elsewhere. The complaint further alleges that because the CSC is a state agency, it violated AFAs First Amendment right of free speech by attempting to suppress legitimate discussion of the controversial topic.AFAs attorney William J. Becker was quoted in the statement saying:
Certain museum officials and their cronies in academia and throughout the scientific community are part of a subtle but effective movement to marginalize a scientific theory that challenges their world view, said AFAs attorney, William J. Becker, Jr., of The Becker Law Firm in Los Angeles. The public should be allowed to make up its own mind whether intelligent design has any merit. Any time public officials stand in the way of legitimate debate, they reveal their hostility toward intellectual freedom, which the Constitution is designed to safeguard.Stay tuned for more details on this case from ENV.
For the record, this post is being posted in News/Activism by the express permission of Jim Robinson, founder and owner of Free Republic:
Debate on church doctrine and or threads on specific religious matters may be best posted in the religion forum, but the defense of religious freedom, especially against those who wish to deprive us of same belongs front and center on FR.
They banned God and prayer and creationism from public schools and public places, but Ill be damned if theyre gonna ban Him or it from FR!
It is very relevant to post this kind of news in the News/Activism section. It is actually what it is all about.
Thanks for doing this good as the left and other brainwashed individuals try to make “science” their god at the cost of their salvation with the real God.
Amen!...and thank you for your kind words :o)
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