This is the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve website — it looks exactly like the kind of organization I would support, a community effort to protect a local wildlife area. They lobby, they educate, they offer opportunities to hike and experience nature.
One problem: it’s in Florida. That seems to mean the organization is infected with stupidity and cowardice.
As part of their educational mission, they were going to have a speaker come in
next last Febrary, Dr Lorena Madrigal of the University of South Florida. She studies genetics and human evolution, and was going to speak on 12 February, Darwin Day. To the Pinellas County bureaucrats, this is a problem.
“Biology without evolution is not biology,” she suggested, which obviously explains, at least in the mind of William Davis, the Pinellas County director of environmental services, why the professor’s speech would be problematic.
“Her topic was about evolution,” Davis said. Well, yeaaaaaah! “I flinched on that.”
“I canceled her out after discussing it with my supervisors,” he said. “We are not the platform for debate on creationism versus evolution.”
Right. Talking about evolution might annoy the creationists, so the county’s response is to shut down and silence efforts to educate and inform by an environmental institution which relies on evolutionary biology to perform its mission. This is a perfect example of how creationists work to keep people ignorant, and create an environment free of legitimate information about a subject that contradicts their absurd literalist beliefs.