A recent article by Kendrick Frazier published in Skeptical Inquirer mentions a fight brewing in Kenya over the display of some of the most important archaeological finds of the past century showing human evolution through the fossils of our hominid ancestors. The National Museums of Kenya is about to reopen after 18 months of renovations, and the local religious whackjobs are trying to confine the fossils to a back room, lest a poor heathen get a glimpse at an actual fact and be converted to the religion of reality.
While the Museum attempts to placate the situation by calling it “delicate” and expressing an interest in satisfying a diversity of visitors, former director and total badass Richard Leakey has stepped up to point out that the church leaders are outrageous fundies who shouldn’t get a say in how science is done. I’m all for being understanding of others’ beliefs, but if church leaders have the figurative balls to support their actions by saying, “Our doctrine is not that we evolved as apes,” then the rest of us should have the balls to say, “Your doctrine is ignorant and outdated. Grow up.”