When I first saw this article about some Southern theatres rejecting the IMAX movie “Volcanoes” based on concerns about evolution, I could feel a blog coming on. I wasn’t the only one, of course, and some friends beat me to it.
Here’s the lowdown, from the CNN.com website:
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — IMAX theaters in several Southern cities have decided not to show a film on volcanoes out of concern that its references to evolution might offend those with fundamental religious beliefs…. IMAX theaters in Texas, Georgia and the Carolinas have declined to show the film.
I have a problem with sensitivity to fundamentalist belief being the driving force behind what will and will not be shown at a science museum IMAX theatre. After all, this is a science museum, not a tent revival, and evolution theory is a contribution of modern science. How many Christian fundamentalists — at least, those for whom modern science contradicts the ‘word of god’ — visit the local science museum, anyway?
If people are going to be offended by the inclusion of evolution theory, they will either go to the theatre and choose to be offended, or they will stay home. In the meantime, the folks that don’t have a problem with evolution theory will still buy tickets; plus the “controversy” may even attract more people to the showings. If you don’t show it, you don’t sell any tickets. From a business standpoint — in a country where business dictates the bottom line of life — it’s a no-brainer.
Not to mention that not everyone from or in the South is a Bible-thumping, closed-minded conformist. I’d offer myself as an example, but it might give the Bible-belt even more ammunition. 😉