Today’s Los Angeles Times, largely parasitizing the KPCC report on the removal of the “God” plaque in the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural history, gives the story in today’s paper: “Natural History Museum in L. A. removes reference to God.” That’s a bit of a hot-button title, but I suppose they need viewers.
Anyway, there’s not much new here, since they’ve lazily just copied KPCC (damn journalists—why can’t they do more than recycle other journalists’ work?), but there are two mistakes. Here’s part of the piece; can you spot the errors?
According to the museum, the decision to remove the quotation was made because of its potential to cause confusion. “Upon further reflection and after discussion with our staff, and in conversation with the donor, the museum has determined that acknowledging donors by including personal statements in such a manner has the potential to cause confusion,” a museum spokeswoman told the radio station.
The Nature Lab features live animals, multimedia exhibits and science projects. The space is a new addition to the museum, having opened to the public earlier this year.
The quotation referencing God had previously been criticized by prominent University of Chicago biology professor Jerry Coyne.
On his blog earlier this month, Coyne wrote that the inscription was misleading the public because it implied that the museum was giving its scientific imprimatur to the idea that animals are God’s creation, and because the museum failed to make clear whether the anonymous donor had requested the inscription to appear in the museum space. (Coyne’s blog is titled “Why Evolution is True.”)