Creationists Challenge Evolution on the Biggest Screens
It's not surprising that creationists are threatening to boycott Imax theaters that show educational films that mention evolution. But it's deeply disturbing that the theaters back down to a fight. As the New York Times reports,
Several Imax theaters, including some in science museums, are refusing to show movies that mention the subject - or the Big Bang or the geology of the earth - fearing protests from people who object to films that contradict biblical descriptions of the origin of Earth and its creatures.
The number of theaters rejecting such films is small, people in the industry say - perhaps a dozen or fewer, most in the South. But because only a few dozen Imax theaters routinely show science documentaries, the decisions of a few can have a big impact on a film's bottom line - or a producer's decision to make a documentary in the first place.