...but who haven't yet thought to turn good will into action by clicking our PayPal button and donating $1000, $100, $10, or even $5 to help us re-build the most important ship in the history of science.
Avast, ye armchair Beagle Project cheerleaders: prepare to be shamed into action!
It was bad enough that creationists were able to raise $27 million for their "museum" in Kentucky, and now I'm dismayed to report that they have successfully raised a further $500,000 to make a "documentary" for 2009 that intends to:
The website's leading quote is:"challenge evolution in a fresh way. Based on an original concept from Dr Emil Silvestru of CMI–Canada, the film revisits some of the places Darwin visited, and ideas he formulated, during his historic 1830’s voyage on HMS Beagle. Together with natural history footage from South America, period re-enactments and interviews with leading authorities from around the world, the documentary will illustrate how the evolutionary viewpoint is far from the tried and tested science fact that many believe it to be. It will investigate the man, the legend and the unfortunate world-changing legacy of Charles Darwin."
And for this they have raised $500K, people! Of course, as with similar ilk, it will be completely bogus at best, slanderous at worst. But... but... there it is."Since the story of evolution has saturated cultures internationally it has become a major hindrance to people accepting Christ. In nations like Canada, one of the main reasons huge numbers of young people won’t consider the truth claims of Scripture is evolution. As the Darwin hype grows in 2009 this documentary will provide Christian answers to godless naturalism."
By comparison, for our science, education and outreach project that will see the HMS Beagle once again sailing the seas for science, attracting huge crowds in port and media coverage, providing young and old alike with moments of thrilling adventure both physical and intellectual, we have raised through our PayPal mechanism a grand total of jack squat*.
So come on, folks, if the creationists can raise half a million for their "documentary", then surely evolutionists can raise 10 million for The Beagle Project! The PayPal button is over there to the left, in several places. Click it. You know you want to.
H/t to George Beccaloni.
*Okay, that's not entirely true: we have had some very generous donations by PayPal and for those we are truly grateful. But the total amount is small. We have also had other donations, corporate and individual, and these have enabled us to keep an office and hire an administrator, but the bald fact is we still need $10 million US Dollars to build the Beagle.