No corporate support for Darwin exhibit

Now this (Sydney Morning Herald) is just sad:

An exhibition celebrating the life of Charles Darwin, which is slated for the National Museum of Australia later this decade, has failed to find a corporate sponsor in the United States because American companies are anxious not to take sides in the heated debate between scientists and fundamentalist Christians over the theory of evolution.
The entire $US3 million ($1.7 million) cost of Darwin, which opened at the American Museum of Natural History in New York at the weekend, is instead being borne by wealthy individuals and private donations.

Seems like a simple calculation, though: who will notice a company and remember their philanthropy -- the grateful museum-goers or a phalanx of anti-evolutionists?

Well, it's still sad:

The museum will have to depend more heavily upon the profits of its Darwin-related merchandise to finance the cost of staging the exhibition, including a 30-centimetre Darwin doll, Darwin finger puppets and, for $950, a replica of Darwin's ship, the Beagle, made in China and assembled in Vietnam.

Our educational legacy safeguarded by Darwin finger-puppets. Well, I guess they're a more going business than William Paley finger-puppets....