Dawkins Vs. OKlahoma
April 3, 2009 4:52 AM Subscribe
posted by 5imian (103 comments total)
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Richard Dawkins was recently invited to speak at the University of Oklahoma’s Darwin 2009
series of lectures on March 6th, 2009. The speech to be entitled "The Purpose of Purpose"
quickly grew in popularity and even had to be moved to a larger venue to accommodate the quickly increasing crowd. Of course, word eventually reached Todd Thompson
. Friction ensues.
First Thompson proposes a resolution
(RTF) attempting to ban Dawkins from speaking
, condemning both Dawkins and the theory of evolution as "an unproven and unpopular theory" that did not reflect the opinions of most Oklahomans.
Regardless, he lecture went as scheduled, even with Dawkins making a special point to address Rep. Thompson's resolution at the beginning of his lecture
(YTL). Dawkins was warmly greeted by the audience and the lecture went on without a hitch (minus one very angry heckler in the crowd
) .... and case closed right?
Not yet. Now Oklahoma's legislature is launching
a costly investigation
over the speech. Here is the letter
(pdf) requesting information about payment, university costs, negotiations and other financial information relating to Dawkins' talk.
From Dawkin's site:
"Now that we know this investigation is going on, many questions still need to be answered: What does the state legislature plan to do with this information? Does this mean that any time Richard Dawkins or other evolutionary scientists give speeches about evolution in Oklahoma, they too will be investigated? And perhaps most importantly: Doesn't the Oklahoma legislature have anything better to do?