May 27, 2007

Creation Museum to Open Amidst Protests From Reality-Based Community

The $27 million Answers in Genesis Creation Museum is scheduled to open on May 28 in Petersburg, KY, amidst protests by the reality-based community. This museum is not only a colossal embarrassment to those of us who value reason, science, and reality itself, but it undermines science education at a time when the United States cannot afford to fall behind in science and technology.

According to Reuters,
Here exhibits show the Grand Canyon took just days to form during Noah's flood, dinosaurs coexisted with humans and had a place on Noah's Ark, and Cain married his sister to people the earth, among other Biblical wonders.
What bothers me is not that the information being presented at this museum is false; what bothers me is that this false information is being presented as the truth. They are not advertising this as some strange form of entertainment but as an educational experience. That is, the museum is attempting to pass of demonstrably false information off as true.

International observers are probably shaking their heads in disbelief and wondering how such a monument to idiocy could be built today. What they must remember is that a recent Gallup poll showed that almost half of the American people actually reject evolution, preferring to believe that the Christian god created everything in the last 10,000 years.

Scientists, various secular groups, and even some moderate Christians plan to protest the museum (see the Rally for Reason), and at least a couple of my fellow atheist bloggers will be covering the protests from Kentucky. According to the National Center for Science Education, "...there is a great deal of concern among the scientific and educational communities in the adjacent states about its impact on the public understanding of evolution."

It is important not only to protest but also to counter the toxic effects of this museum with facts about evolution. For those of us who cannot make it to Kentucky, we can console ourselves with the massive Creation Museum Carnival at Pharyngula.

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