Andrew McDiarmid is a “media relations specialist” at the Discovery Institute. He recently wrote to geologist Callan Bentley to ask permission to use a picture he took of a natural formation in an upcoming Stephen Meyer book. Callan quickly said no, telling McDiarmid:
I hold the Discovery Institute in the lowest regard, and it sounds like the new book will be a further perversion of reason in the name of pseudoscience. As a science educator, I could never support such an effort! I will not grant reproduction rights to any of my photos or drawings to any creationist effort such as the one you describe here.
Best wishes for your good health, and the speedy demise of the sham institution that employs you.
I’m sorry to learn that you do not support true freedom of scientific inquiry. As Charles Darwin himself stated, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”
I only hope the materialist, reductionist scales fall off your eyes one day. Until then, I feel sorry for your students.
And I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that this has anything at all to do with the “true freedom of scientific inquiry.” Callan isn’t preventing Meyer from publishing his book. He isn’t violating his “freedom” to do anything. He’s just not letting him use the picture he took. Seriously, do Christian colleges have a class in martyrdom that is mandatory for all freshmen? Striking the Persecution Pose 101?