Well, I hate to steer you to People magazine, but that’s where there’s a piece on Cameron and his “new edition” of The Origin (see my previous post here). The piece is fairly ho-hum except for two things. First, while it links to Cameron’s own promotional video, it also links to two “spoof” videos, including the one by Christina from Romania. I’d say that’s decent balance in reporting.
Second, there’s an interesting comment by Berkeley paleontologist Kevin Padian:
But academics dismiss such arguments [Cameron's equation of Darwin with Hitler] as ludicrous.
“This has been refuted many, many times. The anti-evolutionist fearmongers have to link Darwin to every perceived evil from mankind,” says Kevin Padian, professor of paleontology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Berkeley. “The two kinds people who believe that religion and evolution can not coexist are extreme atheists and extreme religious fundamentalists. Everyone else doesn’t really have a problem. [A majority] of Americans believe that a belief in god is compatible with evolution.”
Well, good for People to seek at least one dissenting voice, and Padian’s first sentence is on the mark. But look further, as he equates “extreme atheists” (does he mean atheists who speak up?) to “extreme religious fundamentalists.”
Padian, of course, is President of the National Center for Science Education. Did he really need to sneak in an anti-atheist crack like that?
It is now beyond doubt that the NCSE has a strategy, official or not, to marginalize and denigrate atheists, despite the fact that many of their officers (and members!) are unbelievers. Bad on them; very bad. They have chosen to coddle believers in a way that alienates the rest of us. This is not a winning strategy, nor one that’s going to jack up the proportion of Americans who accept evolution.