For those with suburban access not coming to Skeptical Salon:
Darwin's Bulldogs are sponsoring a showing of "No Dinosaurs in Heaven" this Thursday night. A description provided by Glen Branch of the National Center for Science Education:
"No Dinosaurs in Heaven is a film essay that examines the hijacking of
science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the
separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific
literacy. The documentary weaves together two strands: an examination
of the problem posed by creationists who earn science education
degrees only to advocate anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom; and
a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr.
Eugenie Scott, that debunks creationist explanations for its
formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the "debate,"
manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid
scientific alternative to evolution. Emmy Award-winning director
(Before Stonewall, Paris Was a Woman) and science educator Greta
Schiller uses her own experience -- with a graduate school biology
professor who refused to teach evolution -- to expose the insidious
effect that so-called "creationist science" has had on science
education. No Dinosaurs in Heaven intelligently argues that public
education must steadfastly resist the encroachment of religion in the
form of anti-evolution creationism, and that science literacy is
crucial to a healthy democracy." The event is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted.