Here's what happened. Concerned citizen James Campbell saw flyers distributed by the museum showing this collaboration. On February 3, 2014, he filed an inquiry with the governor of New Mexico, asking, "Is it appropriate for a state-funded museum to join forces with organizations such as the Humanist Society and the Freedom from Religion group to promote an anti-religious agenda?"
Dr. Campbell (who holds a PhD in physics) continued:
The agenda for the NMMNH[S] program on Darwin includes a talk by Ron Herman from Freedom from Religion, Albuquerque, who will compare science and religion to decide which is "false or corrupt and dangerous." It seems unlikely that he will conclude that science is "false or corrupt and dangerous." Jerry Gilbert of the Humanist Society of New Mexico will make a presentation in which he will talk about "religious extremists." Are these appropriate presentations to be sponsored by the State of New Mexico through its Museum of Natural History and Science?Those anti-religious lectures were scheduled to take place at the museum on Wednesday, February 12. But after receiving Campbell's letter, the museum's top staff, including the director, scrambled to find a way to distance itself from the lectures, making it look as if the museum was only sponsoring the Darwin Day events on Sunday, February 9.