Censoring Science in America

November 16, 2011

In 2011 America, this is where we are:

An episode of the BBC’s Frozen Planet documentary series that looks at climate change has been scrapped in the U.S., where many are hostile to the idea of global warming.

British viewers will see all seven episodes of the multi-million-pound nature series throughout the Autumn.

But U.S. audiences will not be shown the last episode, which looks at the threat posed by man to the natural world.

It is feared a show that preaches global warming could upset viewers in the U.S., where around half of people do not believe in climate change.

See below, Trailer for “Creation”, a film about Charles Darwin that no distributor in America would pick up, fearing reactions from the Fox news addled ignorati.

The Telegraph

Creation, starring Paul Bettany, details Darwin’s “struggle between faith and reason” as he wrote¬†On The Origin of Species. It depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his beloved 10-year-old daughter, Annie.

The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.

However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.

Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as “a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder”. His “half-baked theory” directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to “atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering”, the site stated.

The film has sparked fierce debate on US Christian websites, with a typical comment dismissing evolution as “a silly theory with a serious lack of evidence to support it despite over a century of trying”.

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15 Responses to “Censoring Science in America”

  1. otter17 Says:

    Man, I have to check out Creation… that looks like a pretty good movie. I had no idea it even existed; I had no idea how silly the American movie industry could be to deny distributing it in theaters. Hopefully Netflix has it.

  2. neilrieck Says:

    I purchased this Blu-ray of “Creation” from http://www.amazon.com in 2010 when I heard it would not ever been shown in theaters and this it is fantastic. Many people do not know that Darwin graduated Christ’s College, Cambridge with a “Bachelor of Arts” and was on the road to being a parson. HE BELIEVED IN GOD. Many naturalists in those days did science 6-days a week then preached on the seventh day to pay the bills. (Darwin’s family was wealthy so didn’t need to resort to preaching). Darwin starts his scientific career as a geologist and is rocked by a book authored by Charles Lyell titled “Principles of Geology” (given to him as a gift by Beagle captain Fitzroy). When Darwin experiences an earthquake (and land mass rise) in South America he realizes that the Earth is still evolving, and Lyell’s book is more accurate than anyone ever thought. When he sees two radically different kinds of rheas (a kind of Ostrich) separated by a large chasm, he believes he has viewed what we would call genetic drift. I won’t even bother mentioning the stuff he observed in the Gal√°pagos. After the return of the Beagle in 1846, Darwin wrote up his notes on evolution but was afraid to publish. Then a letter from Wallace in 1858 stimulated Darwin to rewrite his notes then publish “On the Origin of Species” in 1859. At this point he still believed in God but knew there were major problems with a so-called literal bible. Many religious people today make a big deal of these events but most of the Anglican world back then accepted evolution as a better explanation of the biological world (so bible stories were treated as allegories). Darwin’s belief in god is diminished only after the death of three of his ten children (and who wouldn’t have similar thoughts in a similar situation?)

  3. neilrieck Says:

    People wanting to learn more about Charles Darwin including his life and science may want to listen to this four-part radio program:

    http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2009/11/11/the-evolution-of-charles-darwin-part-14-cd/


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