I’m speaking at Murray State University in Kentucky on Nov. 21 and 22 (stay tuned for BBQ reports) under the aegis of the Murray State University Student Organization for Reason and Science. The head of that group just told me that the posters for one of my talks are being removed and defaced. This is exactly what happened when I spoke—about evolution—at the University of Kentucky at Lexington several years ago. The students sent me a photo of a defaced poster in which somebody—I’m betting a believer—ripped the “is true” part off of my book cover:
This doesn’t really anger me, but I’m sorry that the students have to replace the ones that were taken down. And I’m always aware that this kind of acadmic vandalism, at least against evolution, is based on fear: fear that people might hear the anti-Biblical truth about science. And that’s exactly why I prefer to speak in places like Murray, Kentucky. I am talking about evolution, but the talk touted above is on accommodatinism—a far more incendiary topic. You never feel the oppressive pervasiveness of religion in America more strongly than in the South.
The students, bless their hearts, have asked me if I’d like some campus security there in case there’s trouble. I don’t really need that (though when I spoke in Augusta Georgia they provided a guard packing heat), but I told them I’d let the campus cops figure out if it was really necessary.
p.s. “Freed Curd” Auditorium sounds like it was named after a compatibilist yogurt.