After all the religious spin put onto the ejection of PZ Myers while allowing Richard Dawkins into last night's showing of "Expelled", I decided that I wanted to see for myself just how easy it was to get an invite to the movie.
There seems to be some controversy about tickets - with one side saying that Dr. Myers didn't have a ticket and was acting the bully, and the other side saying that tickets weren't required, that a simple sign up was all that was required.
So I went over to the Expelled RSVP site, and signed up. BAM! I got an instant return email saying that I was golden, with a seat reserved for me. I could now attend the Santa Clara event next week Friday merely by checking my ID against a list at the door.
I told my friends about this, and started thinking... there's really no way to tell that I'm not just some average guy, and not the co-founder of an Atheist / Skeptic organization. I put "none" both in the organization and the title blocks of the registration.
My friend Richard, co-founder of CVAAS, went that extra mile and registered under our organization's name.
But it was all for naught, I'm afraid. I've just received an email notifying me that the Santa Clara showing of "Expelled" has been canceled "due to technical issues". A quick peek at the Expelled RSVP site shows that Santa Clara has been removed from the list of screenings.
Ah well, I really didn't want to drive to the San Jose area, three hours away through bad traffic to see a movie which has been described by those I trust as 'deceitful' at best, and 'boring' at worst. Now I have an excuse to not go. I guess I'll wait for it to come out on DVD, then dig it out of the Wal-mart bargain bin. It should be there right next to "Battlefield Earth".
Hm. I wonder if the Santa Clara event was canceled because members of the Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics were attending? I'd guess not - 'cause that would mean that we're more "mighty" than even the dreaded PZ Myers himself!