Sunday, January 14, 2007

San Diego exhibit also to mislead public

The San Diego Natural History Museum website has now published a detailed description of the Scrolls exhibit that will be opening there in the summer of 2007.

Judging from this description, the San Diego exhibit will feature exactly the same omissions and distortions that spoiled the Seattle exhibit (see below for details).

See our list of 22 opponents of the traditional Qumran-Essene theory who have not been invited to participate in the Museum's lecture series.

People who feel that this type of exhibit should be balanced and informative, rather than biased towards a clique of scholars whose conduct has repeatedly led to controversy and scandal, may wish to send letters of complaint to the Museum.

Questions that might be asked would include:

Why is the Museum's announced roster of lecturers stacked with scholars who support the old theory of Scroll origins, without including a single opponent of it?

Why aren't they planning a public debate on the Scrolls controversy, between proponents and opponents of the old theory?

Why doesn't their website material include an accurate description of the newer, opposing theory (see below for details) that has played a prominent role in research over the past decade? In a word, are they planning to adhere to the principle of scientific neutrality prescribed by the American Association of Museums?

The Museum's address:
P.O. Box 121390
San Diego, CA 92112-1390
Att: Risa Levitt Kohn

Please note: we invite comments, but since this is a field in which emotions run high, we request that any readers who wish to contribute take care to adhere to the norms of civility.


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