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Discrimination Against Intelligent Design Film Cited in California Science Center Lawsuit
Evolution News & Views ^ | November 25, 2009 | Casey Luskin

Posted on 11/25/2009 10:15:23 AM PST by GodGunsGuts

More details are now coming out from the lawsuit filed against the California Science Center by the American Freedom Alliance (AFA), filed in the Superior Court for the State of California for the County of Los Angeles (Central District). AFA's lawsuit contends that the California Science Center engaged in viewpoint discrimination when cancelling AFA's contract to screen the pro-intelligent design (ID) documentary Darwin’s Dilemma at the Center’s IMAX Theatre on October 25th. As discussed below, AFA's complaint contains e-mails from California Science Center staff revealing that the Center cared more about how it would be perceived by ID-critics in the scientific community for renting its facilities to screen a pro-ID video than it did about AFA’s constitutional rights.

The abrupt cancellation of AFA’s event was first reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, and has previously been covered by Discovery Institute here, here, here, and here.

The complaint corrects a common misstatement about this case, accurately noting, “Discovery Institute was not a party to the contract between the Plaintiff [California Science Center] and Defendants [American Freedom Alliance] for the screening of ‘Darwin’s Dilemma.’”

E-mails Show Viewpoint Discrimination
Most importantly, as noted the complaint contains e-mail documentation exposing the actual reason that the California Science Center cancelled AFA’s contract to screen Darwin’s Dilemma. As the complaint shows, the California Science Center’s e-mail officially cancelling AFA’s contract unashamedly reveals that the Center was most concerned about its “reputation” in the scientific community and its “relationship” to other scientific groups after having rented its facilities to a pro-ID group, throwing AFA’s constitutional rights under the bus. The complaint states:

On October 6, 2009, Christina M. Sion, Vice President of Food & Event Services at CENTER, (hereinafter “SION”) wrote an e-mail to DAVIS [President of the AFA] stating that “we are cancelling your event at the California Science Center.” SION’s e-mail stated:
“It has come to our attention that in a press release issued October 5, 2009 by the American Freedom Alliance, it is inferred that the California Science Center as [sic] a Smithsonian Institute affiliate is co-sponsoring the Darwin Debates. Your event is a private event held on the California Science Center property but is not affiliated in any way with the California Science Center or the Smithsonian. This press release has damaged our relationship with the Smithsonian and the reputation of the California Science Center. According to the Event Policies and Procedures that you signed to reserve the date for the event, you agreed to submit all promotional materials to the California Science Center for review and approval prior to printing or broadcast. Because you did not obtain this approval and the press release has had significant negative ramifications, we are canceling your event at the California Science Center.” (emphases added)
Before going further we must clear away some errors in Sion’s e-mail. First, the October 5th press release referenced by Sion wasn’t issued by the AFA, it was issued by Discovery Institute, and AFA had no control over that press release. Second, Discovery Institute’s October 5th press release didn’t claim that the California Science Center was “co-sponsoring the Darwin Debates” but quite plainly stated, “The screening is sponsored and hosted by the American Freedom Alliance.” Third, Discovery Institute’s press release was hardly inaccurate to observe that the California Science Center is affiliated with the Smithsonian. The California Science Center has a conspicuous page on its website, “Smithsonian Affiliate Designation,” touting at great length the Center’s status as “a Smithsonian Affiliate” that enjoys the “benefits of becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate,” even boasting that, for certain exhibits, the Center “is now authorized to use the tag line ‘in association with the Smithsonian Institution’.”

Thus, the October 5th Discovery Institute press release which Sion complains about not only wasn’t issued (or controlled) by the AFA, but it also wasn’t inaccurate. Thus, AFA’s lawsuit correctly notes that “The contract states nothing concerning promotions of the event by third parties nor requiring the monitoring, oversight, management, or control of third-party promotions.”

That being the case, what was the real reason the California Science Center cancelled AFA’s contract?

Sion’s e-mail unwittingly also exposes the real reason AFA’s contract was apparently cancelled: The California Science Center was worried that publicity about its rental of facilities to screen a pro-ID video had “damaged our relationship with the Smithsonian and the reputation of the California Science Center.” And consider Sion's closing statement: “Because you did not obtain this approval and the press release has had significant negative ramifications, we are canceling your event at the California Science Center.

Just what are those “negative ramifications”? And do they offer just cause to breach a contract? We’ve already established that the AFA didn’t need approval for a third party publicity statement it didn’t control. All that’s left is the California Science Center’s concern that public knowledge that a pro-ID event was going forward was perceived to have “significant negative ramifications.”

Is that a valid reason to cancel a contract? The California Science Center is a department of the State of California that rents its facilities for use by private groups. As a government facility, the First Amendment prohibits it from refusing to rent to private groups based upon a distaste for the viewpoint of the speech expressed by the group. That’s called viewpoint discrimination. Yet the California Science Center seems more concerned about purported "damage" to its "reputation" and perceived "negative ramifications" stemming from AFA's pro-ID viewpoint than it does with AFA's constitutional rights to express that viewpoint at a government-owned forum. AFA appears to have a strong case that the Center engaged in viewpoint discrimination.

(It goes without saying that the California Science Center has long-hosted exhibits promoting evolution. I personally remember visiting the Center in the elementary school when it was known as the “California Museum of Science and Industry.” My public elementary school took a trip to the museum and we were taught about the evolution of dinosaurs.)

AFA’s complaint further elaborates on the “negative ramifications” felt by the California Science Center. It turns out that various Los Angeles area academics had expressed strong opposition to the California Science Center renting its facilities for a pro-ID event. As Hilary Schor, USC professor of English, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies and Law stated in an e-mail that was forwarded to a curator at the California Science Center, “I’m less troubled by the freedom of speech issues than why my tax dollars which support the California ‘Science’ Center are being spent on hosting religious propaganda”.

AFA’s lawsuit complaint aptly observes that “[t]his sentiment, written by a law professor, sadly demonstrates a purposeful indifference to constitutional protections enshrined and safeguarded in the Bill of Rights.”

The complaint also shows that a curator at another Los Angeles area museum expressed angst that the California Science Center was renting its facilities for a pro-ID event.

There is also evidence that the Smithsonian Institution itself intervened in the situation and may have pressured AFA to cancel the event. After detailing the Smithsonian’s long history of opposing academic freedom for intelligent design, the complaint quotes a Los Angeles Daily News article where Smithsonian spokesman Randall Kremer acknowledges that he “spoke” with the California Science Center after becoming “concerned by the inference … there was a showing of the [Darwin’s Dilemma] film at a Smithsonian branch.” Kremer’s statements directly suggest that the Smithsonian opposed any “inference” that it was connecting to the showing of Darwin’s Dilemma.

AFA's lawsuit complaint sheds more light on what occurred. The day before Chris Sion cancelled AFA’s event, Smithsonian Affiliates Director Harold Closter wrote to a California Science Center staff member that expressing concern that a “press release” (the one issued by Discovery Institute) made it appear as if the Smithsonian was linked to AFA’s event. He wrote, “We are concerned that [the EVENT] not be represented as a Smithsonian event or program or anything with which we have any involvement.”

Feeling pressured by the Smithsonian, it seems that the California Science Center decided that the easiest way to solve the problem was simply to breach contract and cancel AFA’s event.

Based upon this and other evidence, the lawsuit argues that the California Science Center’s complaint about press releases “was contrived as a pretext by Defendants for cancelling the event when the real reason for cancelling it derived from hostility to the viewpoints expressed in ‘Darwin’s Dilemma’ … By asserting a breach of contract argument, Defendants sought to shroud themselves within a cloak of plausible deniability for violating Plaintiff’s constitutional rights.”

And all AFA wanted to do was rent a facility to show a pro-ID video. Imagine that.



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1 posted on 11/25/2009 10:15:25 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: metmom; DaveLoneRanger; editor-surveyor; betty boop; Alamo-Girl; MrB; GourmetDan; Fichori; ...

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 I’ll be damned if they’re gonna ban Him or it from FR!”

—Jim Robinson

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2203455/posts?page=78#78


2 posted on 11/25/2009 10:16:21 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: GodGunsGuts

The TRUTH scares them.

Darwin and evolution are a farce. The problem is their “faith” in them has become a “religion”. Evolution and Darwin define life down. It is one of the reasons life is viewed as cheap. Human life is viewed as road kill and no big deal.


3 posted on 11/25/2009 10:18:10 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh

The TRUTH does more than scare, it offends them. It has the audacity to tell them they are wrong. Oh the huge manatee.


4 posted on 11/25/2009 10:19:31 AM PST by RoadGumby (Ask me about Ducky)
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To: GodGunsGuts
Don't think for a minute that the Evo scientists aren't doing the same thing that the Eco scientists got caught doing recently.
5 posted on 11/25/2009 10:20:33 AM PST by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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To: GodGunsGuts

As with global warming, so with evolution. Science will be a lot better off when it’s back in the hands of scientists, instead of being in the hands of ideo-political hacks who also happen to have science degrees.


6 posted on 11/25/2009 10:26:29 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (There are only two REAL conservatives in America - myself, and my chosen Presidential candidate)
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To: RoadGumby

The TRUTH does more than scare, it offends them. It has the audacity to tell them they are wrong. Oh the huge manatee.

Prov.8:13

[13] The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Prov.11:2

[2] When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Prov.16:18

[18] Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

The Bible sure knows the human nature of the evil ones.


7 posted on 11/25/2009 10:26:57 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Between the Lines
How dare you make such a connection! Your reply should be deleted as not being in the public's interest. Haven't you heard, our scientists have declared the debate over. Get with the program, or else!
8 posted on 11/25/2009 10:30:57 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Amen to that!!!


9 posted on 11/25/2009 10:31:39 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

PS Are you saying that the notion that scientists are impartial and apolitical is a farce? Are you saying that it is time for the American people to start questioning their motives, as well as their science? Have you no descency, sir!


10 posted on 11/25/2009 10:33:33 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: nmh

And scare them it should!


11 posted on 11/25/2009 10:39:59 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: GodGunsGuts
Sadly it takes a lawsuit to force the Cal. Science Center to honor a contract. But if that's what it takes to stop the bullying of the Darwinists at the Mythsonian.
12 posted on 11/25/2009 11:13:54 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

Mythsonian...I can’t say it has a nice ring to it, but it certainly has the ring of the cold, hard truth.


14 posted on 11/25/2009 11:31:05 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: GodGunsGuts
"For the record, this post is being posted in News/Activism by the express permission of Jim Robinson..."

All, do not assume this is legitimate news or that Jim Robinson endorses the content. This is NOT about the defense of religious freedom, it is about the doctrine of certain churches, which is outside the purview of JR's statement.

(note: no one should be surprised that Less (GGG) has taken the same liberties with the statements and positions of FR's founder as he has with both Scripture and science.)

15 posted on 11/25/2009 12:58:07 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: count-your-change; GodGunsGuts
Sadly it takes a lawsuit to force the Cal. Science Center to honor a contract. But if that's what it takes to stop the bullying of the Darwinists at the Mythsonian.

It's the only thing they understand.

16 posted on 11/25/2009 1:03:28 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Natural Law; GodGunsGuts
All, do not assume this is legitimate news or that Jim Robinson endorses the content.

Wow. You know what JR is thinking and are speaking for him?

On whose authority? Did he appoint you to act as his spokesperson? Or are you just reading his mind and letting us know what he's transmitting to you?

Got any links to back that up?

tell us, why isn't news of a lawsuit legitimate news?

Should we then consider all news of lawsuits not legitimate news?

17 posted on 11/25/2009 1:07:29 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
"Wow. You know what JR is thinking and are speaking for him?"

I actually read what JR posted. The meaning is quite clear. If you want to discuss issues of faith, creation, and those dirty evos then the religion forum is for you. If you want to discuss assaults on religious freedom then news and activism is the right place.

Who appointed you anything either?

18 posted on 11/25/2009 1:34:33 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: metmom; GodGunsGuts
"why isn't news of a lawsuit legitimate news?"

Because suits of this nature are frivilous.

"On March 23, 2009, the Supreme Court denied certiorari without comment to Caldwell v. Caldwell, which challenged the constitutionality of the Understanding Evolution website — a joint project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education. The San Francisco Chronicle (March 23, 2009) reports, “One page on Cal’s 840-page ‘Understanding Evolution’ web site says Darwinism can be compatible with religion. The four-year-old suit by Jeanne Caldwell said the government-funded web site contradicts her religious belief about the incompatibility of religion and Darwinism and amounts to a state position on religious doctrine that violates the Constitutional separation of church and state.” Caldwell filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 2005. But her suit was dismissed in 2006 because she failed to allege that she had federal taxpayer standing, failed to sufficiently allege state taxpayer standing, and failed to establish that she suffered a concrete “injury in fact.” When she appealed the decision, the appellate court’s decision concluded, “Accordingly, we believe there is too slight a connection between Caldwell’s generalized grievance, and the government conduct about which she complains, to sustain her standing to proceed.” Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case, a lawyer for the University of California told the Chronicle, “We believe the lower court rulings were correct, and we’re glad this ends the matter.”"

As a Christian I am alarmed by any attempt by any faith, including my own, to attempt to convert public resources to the perpetuation of anything remotely theological. Once precedent is set, there would be no prohibition of utilizing my tax dollars to promote Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Mormon, Satanic, or Pagan theology.

19 posted on 11/25/2009 1:46:53 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: Natural Law
Front and center! This is good news, excellent news in fact.
We all should be glad that a tax supported entity is being challenged for it's failure to honor a contract and its discrimination against a particular viewpoint.

You agree the Center shouldn't be allowed to discriminate against a film just because they may not like its viewpoint, don't you?

20 posted on 11/25/2009 1:59:02 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
"You agree the Center shouldn't be allowed to discriminate against a film just because they may not like its viewpoint, don't you?"

Yes, but......I also agree that public funds and resources should remain completely secular. I don't want my taxes supporting anybodies religion, not even my own. Don't you agree the government would do worse job with religion than it would do with health-care?

21 posted on 11/25/2009 2:20:37 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: GodGunsGuts

In addition to the indisputable militant atheism, a part of the problem is the Young Earth creationism (and associated ‘creation science’ charlatanry), which gives all other branches of creationism a bad name.


22 posted on 11/25/2009 2:39:57 PM PST by Behemoth the Cat
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To: Natural Law
What was at question here was facilities that were rented out to many different groups just as community buildings and school auditoriums are or county fair grounds are.

No one is suggesting even remotely that renting an Imax theater to someone implies support of the group so the question of government involvement with religion was never an issue. It was the purported association of the Smithsonian and a certain viewpoint in someones mind and the honoring of a valid contract that was the issue at hand.

I have as much legal right to use the public, paid for by taxes, street for a religious or other opinion parade as the most irreligious, secular group in the world even if the city doesn't like my viewpoint and they are bound to honor a contract with me even if a museum doesn't like it.

The Center and it's actions were wrong.

23 posted on 11/25/2009 2:57:15 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
"The Center and it's actions were wrong."

The courts will decide that. Until then it isn't news.

24 posted on 11/25/2009 3:05:37 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: Natural Law
Happily you are not the arbiter of what is news and what is not news. Nor of what constitutes conversion of public resources to religious purposes as the center tried to be.

Had the local Catholic Church been told they couldn't rent a theater available to all others, you would be crying discrimination and intolerance and the sanctity of contracts, wouldn't you?
And all those hated creationists would argue they had as much right as anyone.

25 posted on 11/25/2009 3:15:20 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
"Happily you are not the arbiter of what is news and what is not news."

And I you.

26 posted on 11/25/2009 4:06:28 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: GodGunsGuts

Another repost of stuff you posted before. It was several weeks ago. This is a frivolous lawsuit because the religious group violated the contract.


27 posted on 11/25/2009 5:42:40 PM PST by Wacka
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To: Natural Law

Had the local Catholic Church been told they couldn’t rent a theater available to all others, you would be crying discrimination and intolerance and the sanctity of contracts, wouldn’t you?


28 posted on 11/25/2009 6:13:18 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Natural Law
As a Christian I am alarmed by any attempt by any faith, including my own, to attempt to convert public resources to the perpetuation of anything remotely theological.

As a Christian, are you alarmed by the attempt to convert public resources to the perpetuation of things clearly anti-theological?

29 posted on 11/25/2009 6:18:55 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2
"As a Christian, are you alarmed by the attempt to convert public resources to the perpetuation of things clearly anti-theological?"

You clearly know as little about law as you do science and theology.

30 posted on 11/25/2009 6:23:06 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: Natural Law

I don’t claim to be an expert at all three, as you appear to be doing. I asked a question, which you are dodging.


31 posted on 11/25/2009 6:39:48 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Natural Law

Allow me to ask it a different way, as to leave religion out of it.

“As an American, are you alarmed by the attempt to convert public resources to the perpetuation of things clearly anti-American?”


32 posted on 11/25/2009 6:42:29 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2

It’s not just your question as you can see from #25 and 28.


33 posted on 11/25/2009 6:47:31 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Natural Law
there would be no prohibition of utilizing my tax dollars to promote Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Mormon, Satanic, or Pagan theology.

And you are completely sure that this is not already the case?

34 posted on 11/25/2009 6:50:45 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: count-your-change; Natural Law

I noticed.
I also noticed that we are not getting any direct answers, yet.
I will be patient. Perhaps Mr. Law will respond.


35 posted on 11/25/2009 6:54:33 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: count-your-change

BTW, I do believe that any theatre has the right to refuse to screen any selection of movie.

However, backing down after entering a contract to do so, I believe is a violation of law.


36 posted on 11/25/2009 6:57:37 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2
Tax supported groups are in a different situation than a private owner, I think. The contract was agreed to and should have been honored but it will be interesting to see the follow up.
37 posted on 11/25/2009 7:09:43 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Moving his ox so it won’t get gored.


38 posted on 11/25/2009 7:12:54 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
Tax supported groups are in a different situation than a private owner

I would agree. However, they still violated a contract, did they not? Why did they agree to show it in the first place?

39 posted on 11/25/2009 7:15:18 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Natural Law
The courts will decide that. Until then it isn't news.

So, if your neighbor rapes and murders a little girl, until he gets convicted, it isn't news?

40 posted on 11/25/2009 7:17:17 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: count-your-change

Those of us who have carried on debates on highly charged subjects here on FR have pretty much seen it all.

The “you are an idiot compared to me” tactic is played all the time, and easily recognizable. Usually the poster wants you to respond by claiming you are ‘smarter’, or ‘know it all’ so they then can try to prove to you how they have this one niche of expertize which should cause us all to go prostrate at their feet.

They come here (FR) to ‘teach’, not to ‘learn’. And that is their loss.


41 posted on 11/25/2009 7:26:09 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2
What I meant by the tax supported group being in a different situation is that they have to be neutral whereas a private owner might be able to just refuse.
Schools have faced the same choice, be even about renting public facilities or rent to no one.

And right you are, the contract was valid from all reports and whatever someone else says about the event has nothing to do with it.

I suppose the Center agreed before they rec'd their orders from above (The Great Mythsonian).

42 posted on 11/25/2009 7:48:50 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: UCANSEE2

It do get funny after a while. Cheers!


43 posted on 11/25/2009 7:53:05 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: UCANSEE2
"“As an American, are you alarmed by the attempt to convert public resources to the perpetuation of things clearly anti-American?”"

It depends in how you define anti-American. Besides, elections have consequences. If we want to change government policy we need to change those we elect.

44 posted on 11/25/2009 9:19:24 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: All

So is the complaint about a contract being broken or that id/creationism don’t belong in a scientific forum?


45 posted on 11/26/2009 5:19:12 AM PST by TooFarGone (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: TooFarGone

“More details are now coming out from the lawsuit filed against the California Science Center by the American Freedom Alliance (AFA), filed in the Superior Court for the State of California for the County of Los Angeles (Central District). AFA’s lawsuit contends that the California Science Center engaged in viewpoint discrimination when cancelling AFA’s contract to screen the pro-intelligent design (ID) documentary Darwin’s Dilemma at the Center’s IMAX Theatre on October 25th.”


46 posted on 11/26/2009 10:26:04 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
"viewpoint discrimination"

The California Science Center relies on California General Fund support. By California state law the charter of the CSC prohibits nonsecular activities and programming. This mandates "viewpoint discrimination". As a California taxpayer I do not want my hard earned money going to promote any secular activities or, in the case of the California Science Center, non-science related materials like YEC and other "Chariots of the Gods" like pseudo science.

47 posted on 11/26/2009 11:21:48 AM PST by Natural Law
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To: Natural Law

Perhaps you can quote or show that “state charter”? The school has a state charter and the foundation by law has it’s bylaws but what is the charter of the Center that prohibits “non-secular” activities?


48 posted on 11/26/2009 12:40:33 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
"Perhaps you can quote or show that “state charter”? The school has a state charter and the foundation by law has it’s bylaws but what is the charter of the Center that prohibits “non-secular” activities?"

Either you are sloppy or intentionally misrepresenting my statement;

1) There is no "state charter". There is the CA constitution and CA state law. You can find it all at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html

2) The California Science Center is NOT a school.

49 posted on 11/26/2009 4:49:45 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: Natural Law
Your comment, my caps.

“The California Science Center relies on California General Fund support. By California state law the CHARTER of the CSC prohibits nonsecular activities and programming. This mandates “viewpoint discrimination”. AND

“1) There is no “state charter. There is the CA constitution and CA state law.” 2) The California Science Center is NOT a school.”

That's good since I didn't say it was a school.

“You can find it all at
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html";
I'm not going to wade through the entire California legal code to find what you say is there but cannot produce.

However a 30 second search of google produced:

“Science Center School
Learn about the elementary school located on our campus.....

Imagine an elementary school with all of the resources a teacher or parent could ever want. It’s located near world-class museums, a major university and a state-of-the-art teacher professional development center. The school features an integrated curriculum emphasizing science, mathematics and the use of technology. Its teachers are fully credentialed with a demonstrated ability to make science and math engaging and accessible to their students. And it’s not a magnet school but, rather, a neighborhood school for underserved groups of children and their parents. While such a school seems like a dream, it is a dream that has become reality in South Los Angeles, the result of more than a decade of collaborative work between the California Science Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
www.californiasciencecenter.org/.../ScienceCenterSchool/ScienceCenterSchool.php”

PS...IT'S A CHARTER SCHOOL! On the grounds!

I don't think it's me that is sloppy or misrepresenting.

50 posted on 11/26/2009 6:27:06 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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