William Watkin, a chemist living in Indiana, challenged one exhibit’s suggestion that the Grand Canyon could have been carved in hours by a process similar to how volcanic mudslides can rapidly create canyons in softer rocks. “Everything they said about sediment deposition, about Mount St. Helens … anyone in first year geology would say ‘wrong from top to bottom,'” said Watkin.
The field trip featured PZ Myers, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He writes the blog Pharyngula, one of the most popular science blogs on the Internet, with over a million readers each month.
Over. A. Million. Wow.
In the most noticeable moment of noticeable conflict, Derek Rogers, a computer science major at Dalhouise University in Nova Scotia, Canada, was detained by guards for wearing a shirt with a slogan recently plastered on buses by activist groups that read “there’s probably no God, so get over it.” He was escorted to the bathroom and ordered to flip the shirt inside-out.
“One family of religious people told me that I had ruined their trip, and they drove all the way from Virginia,” said Rogers.
The idea that someone else’s t-shirt disagreeing with you could “ruin your trip” somewhere is ridiculous. How thin-skinned do you have to be? It’s like the recent bus nonsense in Iowa. When Marcus Brigst0cke laid into Christianity, Judaism, and Islam equally for each being filled with thin-skinned people, I only thought that particular charge was fairly leveled against the Muslim world after its infamous persecution of cartoonists and more recently Indian editors who published a critique of religion, etc. At the time, I focused only on the authoritarian dimensions of religious thought and practice when I piece piggy-backed on Brigstocke’s remarks to lay out my objections to religious moderates and intellectuals.