POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
I don't understand why this should surprise anyone.
Many corporations have the entire population as a potential market, including that portion that believes in goofy stuff like creationism.
Why should they offend even a portion of their customers?
The matter has become heated recently with America’s Christian Taleban working hard.
Perhaps what is most regrettable here is the museum's need for corporate sponsors in the first place.
It should be better funded to make independent, scientific decisions on exhibits.
But the museum itself has been playing unscientific games in recent years.
Recall the idiotic exhibit of "Jesus's ossuary" before any proper scientific study had been done?
A cheap side-show display intended to grab money. Pure P.T. Barnum.
As it turns out, the ossuary was not long afterward declared a fraud.
Then, consider the colossally expensive, impractical, and ugly crystal. A quarter-billion dollars went into the silly pile, a jarring monument to ego rather than a building to serve a purpose and to please the eye.