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March 27, 2008 9:42 AM
New York Times 'letters{at}nytimes.com'


Richard Dawkins and P. Z. Myers complain that they were interviewed for the movie eventually entitled "Expelled" under false pretenses, having been told that it was a documentary on the interface between science and religion. (see "Scientists Feel Miscast In Film On Life's Origin") They proceeded to give their well known and widely published opinions that religion is a form of mental illness (Dawkins) and that those who see evidence for an intelligent designer in life ought to be fired and publically humiliated (Myers). What surprised them is that their testimony confirms the film's thesis that academic freedom and open debate of the evidence is not allowed on the topic of evolution. The problem is that they have trouble seeing themselves as "bad guys."

And in reporting this "travesty" you not only fail to see the irony in their complaint but refuse to apply your fabled investigative reporting skills to the denial of tenure to Iowa State Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, accepting the blatantly fabricated explanation that his academic output was deficient.

Ross S. Olson MD