Before and after public pressure

Before:

Irish science minister boosts antievolution blarney

The Irish minister of state for science is to appear at a launch party for a self-published antievolutionist book, according to the Irish Times (September 13, 2010). Conor Lenihan, who represents Dublin South West for Fianna Fáil in Dáil Éireann (the lower house of the Irish parliament) and serves as Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovation, and Natural Resources, is billed as launching John J. May’s The Origin of Specious Nonsense (Dublin: Original Writing, 2010) at a September 15, 2010, event in Dublin.

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After:

Irish science minister backs away from antievolution

The Irish minister of state for science is not going to appear at a launch party for a self-published antievolutionist book after all. The Irish Times (September 14, 2010) reports, “Minister for Science Conor Lenihan will not now launch a book in Dublin which describes evolution as a fantasy and a hoax, after the author asked him to withdraw in the wake of controversy on the web.” John J. May, the author of the book in question, told the newspaper that he asked Lenihan not to participate in the event “because I am so embarrassed that the Minister for Science has been so insulted” by those critical of his involvement in the event.

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Comments

  1. #1 V. infernalis
    September 14, 2010

    “Diversity of opinion is a good thing” – Conor Lenihan

    Diversity of fact, however, is not only a bad thing, but also nonsensical.

  2. #2 stripey_cat
    September 15, 2010

    Wow. It took the author running shy of the publicity to ask him to cancel – the impact on the politician’s opinions isn’t apparently enough to change his behaviour.