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.
Web sites, 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.
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The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization that defends and promotes the teaching of evolution in the public schools. The NCSE provides information and resources to schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of the creation and evolution controversy, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels. Our 4000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious affiliations.