Don't Diss Darwin!
Does Darwin's On the Origin of Species need a special introduction? Creationist Ray Comfort thinks so. On Thursday, November 19, mere days before the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin, Comfort plans to distribute free copies of Origin at colleges and universities across the U.S. and (on the 24th) in Canada.
These free copies include a "special introduction" by Comfort which claims, among other things, that evolution is scientifically false and that Darwin was a misogynist racist whose ideas inspired Hitler.
Talk about spoiling an anniversary!
To put Comfort's claims in perspective—and to aid scientists, teachers, students, and other concerned citizens in protesting Comfort's distortions—the NCSE has created a special site chock-full of advice, analysis, background information, videos, and more.
...and you'll see some of the tools we're providing, including:
The NCSE Safety Bookmark (a tongue-in-cheek tool for separating the Comfort introduction from the rest of the Origin)
"Why Ray Comfort is Wrong" (A flyer detailing Comfort's wacky take on science, history, and theology)
Our not-quite-serious Public Service Announcement video
Posters and signs you can get printed for Comfort's event
A detailed backgrounder on the Comfort introduction, pointing out the flaws, distortions, misinterpretations, and other problems
Websites, books, journals and other science resources devoted to evolution
Links to Dr. Eugenie Scott's debate with Comfort on U.S. News & World Report's web site
A list of the colleges and universities that Comfort claims to be targeting
The site will be updated every day this week, so make sure you revisit the site.