Monday, March 26, 2007

Anti-Evolution Museum Opens in Kentucky

Thanks to Matt D. for pointing this one out.
http://www.kentucky.com/454/story/26286.html

"PETERSBURG --Tyrannosaurus rex was a strict vegetarian, and lived with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

This brings whole new meaning to the term "Vegan with a Vengeance" (which is a great cookbook, by the way). Seriously, though... t-rex was a vegetarian? Was he strict vegan,...or was he one of those pansy-ass "I eat tofu, therefore I am vegetarian." types?

"There were dinosaurs of every kind aboard Noah's ark. Some dinosaurs managed to hang around until just a few hundred years ago. The legend of St. George slaying the dragon? That probably was a dinosaur.

Or, the whole damn concept might just be a LEGEND. Myth? A good story? See previous ark posts.

"Exhibits showing all this and more will be at the Creation Museum, a $27 million religious showcase nearing completion in Northern Kentucky.
Oh, but Christians really just want to save other humans and love thy neighbor...that $27 Million was for a good cause... if you consider keeping people undereducated a good cause. *dripping with sarcasm* What kind of exhibits do they have that prove creationism? Is there a laser-light show, ala Disney's Fantasmic (TM): wherein God's image is projected onto a fog of dry ice and fine mist...culminating in one big firework extravaganza. Maybe they spell out "God did it!" in sparklers or something? Come on! For $27 million, the proof better be there. Otherwise, they're just duping millions of Christians into spending their.... oh...hey... I get how this works now. I want to build a museum, too!!

"The museum, in Boone County near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, is being built by a non-profit group called Answers in Genesis. It is scheduled to open on Memorial Day. Museum and Northern Kentucky tourism officials are expecting it to be a boon to the region, bringing in at least 250,000 visitors in its first year.

Well, the location is convenient. The can just have the guides stand out front and go "see...aren't the evolutionists silly? Do you think planes evolved? Or, are you smart enough to know that it was created by a creator?.", thereby committing logical fallacies every six minutes, daily, until the IRS shuts them down for tax fraud? Only in Kentucky could a museum sponsored by Answers in Genesis be considered a "boon" for tourism. *rolls eyes* Ok...well, maybe parts of Kansas would go for that.

"It already is getting media attention. Newspapers and television stations from Europe, Asia and Australia have visited, and CNN was there Friday.
Ooooooooh, media attention. What they fail to say is that the people from Europe, Asia, and Australia are going, "Those stupid-ass Americans are actually eating this shit up." What they fail to mention is that CNN was filming B-roll stuff of the airport. No "Faux News". yet?

"But mainstream scientists, who have dubbed it The Fred and Wilma Flintstone Museum, say the museum's message is just plain wrong.

How cool is that? See...scientists have a sense of humor. :) God is just the Grand Poobah of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalo.

The museum is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible: The world was created in six, 24-hour days, some time between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Humans appeared on Day 6, and they didn't evolve from anything.
Should be a quick tour. I'm imagining that scene, from the Simpsons, where Bart's class tours the office of the president of the cardboard box factory. "Everyone stay on the taped line and it will lead you around the desk and back out the door. Please, touch nothing!"

Ken Ham, an Australian who is Answers in Genesis' $120,000-a-year founder and president, says the museum opening will be a significant event in Christendom.
"No one else has ever built a place where you can experience biblical history and merge it with the science," he said.

Wow. I wonder what Hovind has to say about that? And, what about that place in Colorado? Seems to me that it's more like, "If you build it, they will come." Forget God... we've got Shoeless Ken Ham.

----There's more good stuff at the article, but I don't want this to get too long.

38 comments:

Saurian200 said...

As a dinosaur, I would like to say the following to all creationists who may be reading this blog. (I know you're there, I can hear you.)

LEAVE US DINOSAURS ALONE!!!!

We are sick and tired of you trying to use us to sell your disgusting propaganda. We Lived a long time ago, we died, get over it.

As for T-Rex being a plant eater. Lets try a little experiment. (Hey, come back!) Go to a museum, (yes, a real one) with a T-Rex skull on display. (Okay, it will probably be a replica instead of the real thing, but still.) Take a look at it's mouth. Look at all those sharp teeth.

If they have the rest of the skelaton, then look at all those claws. If your god designed T-Rex with the intention of it eating plants, then, judging by the end result, your god is a complete idiot. That would be about as far from "Intelligent" design as you could get.

I knew T-Rex. (He tried to eat me once, and I ain't no plant.) You wanna know what T-Rex went extinct from, too many McDonald's hamburgers. He didn't go there for the salads.

The only reason dinosaurs have been around recently is because in the late 80's/ early 90's a rich guy cloned them and let them run around an island off South America. But, something went wrong...

Hey, if you'll believe the flinstones and the bible are accurate history then why not Jurassic Park. It's better written than the bible anyway.

There that's all I wanted to say. I just hate it when creationists try to use dinosaurs to promote creationism. Dinosaurs don't fit the story and everyone who's honest admits that. Thank you.

Saurian200
Concerned Dinosaur

Atheist in a mini van. said...

I hope someone clones a dinosaur. I hope they clone a t-rex. Then, I hope they grow that t-rex and put it on an island.
Then, I hope that they take all of the Christians who claimed that t-rex was a vegetarian and put them on that island. Paint the Christians with cow blood, ring a bell, and see which Christian makes it to the other side of the island.

That's some REAL Survivor shit there.

Taylor (stagccva) said...

Shut up!! I was desperately hoping this was a joke, but am horrifed and saddened to see it is yet another attempt by religious nutso-s to spread their ignorance. Grrrr.....

Saurian200 said...

P-Momma,

That would be really cruel to the dinosaurs.

Anyway, while I'm sure there would be advertisers who would jump at a show like that, do you think it could compete with Grey's Anatomy and CSI? Do you?

Do you really want to bring dinosaurs back only for them to have to feel the pain and shame of cancellation?

Wow, I'm in a real disagreeable mood today.

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Do you really want to bring dinosaurs back only for them to have to feel the pain and shame of cancellation?

No.
But, picture it if you will...
(scene: day break. a naked Christian is released from a holding pen. In one hand, the Chirstian holds a carrot.)
Christian: Ohhhh, mister T-Rex!!! Come. See this fine carrot I have placed before you. *hums- "Yes...Jesus loves me. Yes. Jesus loves me, for the bible tell me...."*

CHOMP!
T-rex emerges from behind the trees. Eats the Christian and uses the carrot to pick the bones out of his teeth.

Kathryn said...

This is SOOoooo embarrassing - can we let Kentucky secede from the Union or something?????

Radix2 said...

The comments have been generably sensible at least - shows some people aren't brain-dead. (you can view the comments by clicking on the Poll link)

David W. said...

I wonder how long before somebody figures out how much money Bush's "Faith based initiative" put into this?

But you're right about Kansas. I currently live in Kansas, but will be fleeing to Virginia as soon as we can sell this house. Right now, the biggest tourist location in all of Kansas is a giant Cabela's (sporting goods store) just west of Kansas City. Seriously.

Milo Johnson said...

Sad to say that as a Kansas resident for a quarter-century, there are indeed a lot of people here who would support such a folly. Ironically, we have the Sternberg Museum in Hays, Kansas, which has an incredible collection of midwestern fossils, particularly Cretaceous sea creatures. Of course, we know they are all simply divine forgeries placed there to tempt us to believe in the false religion called EVILution...

chakolate said...

I think we should start a pool to see how long it lasts. On the one hand, it's quite lame and has 'money-loser' written all over it. On the other hand, that 27 mil came out of the pockets of nice ordinary folk, I'm sure they'd be willing to keep on forking over to prop it up.

Saurian200 said...

P-Momma,

(scene: day break. a naked Christian is released from a holding pen. In one hand, the Chirstian holds a carrot.)

It will never get on television. The uproar would be deafening. There would be lawsuits, public outcries, and debates on what is acceptable on TV.

You should know by now that nudity is never acceptable on TV. The violent imagry of a person being mauled and torn limb from limb by a large animal is fine, but NO NUDITY.

We have to think of the children after all.

Toni said...

I think my head exploded. I can't ever manage to wrap it around such stupidity!

nadine529 said...

This is what I call *holy* crap. I can't believe some of the things that go on in the Bible belt!!!

Carlie said...

I think that what is really needed is a large billboard just outside the "museum" property, on the way to the entrance, that describes several other ways the money could have been spent. I see something like this:

"This museum cost 27 million dollars. $27 million could have:
Paid for 10 years of anti-malarial drugs for (x) people.
Given water purifiers to (x) villages.
Provided health care to (x) uninsured American children. "

and so on and so forth.

AlisonM said...

"Ken Ham, an Australian who is Answers in Genesis' $120,000-a-year founder and president, says the museum opening will be a significant event in Christendom.
"No one else has ever built a place where you can experience biblical history and merge it with the science," he said."

Still haven't. Sheesh. I think I like it better when they deny that dinosaurs existed and that god planted fossils to trick us.

Vincent said...

1 - tofu IS vegan. It's made from beans. (unlike yogurt, which is made from milk but thought ok for vegetarians)

2 - This has already been done in Florida at Dinosaur Adventure Land:
http://www.dinosauradventureland.com/

Alyx said...

The only way the "clone the T-Rex and have it be a vegetarian" idea would work is if it was from a Pre-Noah's-Flood fossil. See, before The Flood, all carnivores were vegetarians.

Oh wait, no, I'm wrong. It was only humans that were vegetarians before The Flood. After The Flood humans were given permission to eat meat.

It was before The Fall, back in Ze Garden of Eden, that all animals were herbivores. All that Eebul Sin is what turned the carnivores into, well, carnivores, and turned Nature into the "red in tooth and claw" thing we know it to be today.

(All this was explained to me back in my fundagelical days, when I wondered about the whole dinosaur thing... and vegetarian vs. omnivore, herbivore vs. carnivore, etc. An Answer For Everything! Whether it makes sense or not! Wheee!)

So the only way those displays of humans cavorting cheerfully with T-Rex and various utahraptors and velociraptors etc could be "accurate" (I say with heavy irony) is if they took place before The Fall. In which case it would be only Adam and Eve. With no clothes on, I might add.... And the picture of one of these displays that was in the article PMomma linked to showed a juvenile-looking human, wearing clothes, with. (But the dinosaur in that picture, while having a very raptorish-looking body, did look like it had a beak, implying non-carnivorous eating habits.)

Gads, my brain hurts.

C.W. said...

Take a look at it's mouth. Look at all those sharp teeth.
No problem. They have a perfectly reasonable explanation, of course. What do you take these people for? Idiots?

You see, T-Rex had big teeth so it could open coconuts. So there.

Vincent said...

I would love it if you would mention this in your blog.
The link I'm about to give is to a CNN report about how the Grand Canyon National Park staff is not allowed to state the age of the Canyon, but they do sell a book saying it was created 4,500 years ago by Noah's flood.
The article is 3 years old, but I just learned that nothing has changed, and the article is a clear read.
http://www.time.com/time/columnist/jaroff/article/0,9565,783829,00.html

PEER's site doesn't give the details, but does serve to confirm and is more up to date:
http://www.peer.org/campaigns/publiclands/faith-based/index.php

Vincent said...

http://www.time.com/time/columnist/jaroff/article/0,9565,783829,00.html

This is the CNN link. For some reason it was trunkated above.

Vincent said...

Gah! It did it again.
http://www.time.com/
time/columnist/jaroff/article/
0,9565,783829,00.html

There.

Andrew said...

This is actually close to where my mother lives. Next time I visit, I'm going to head over to this place for the afternoon. It should be a riot.

Paul said...

I knew this sounded familiar. Here's an article about it from 2005: clicky!

Sean the Blogonaut said...

I am dumbfounded by the sheer idiocy of this project.

Only in a America(I hope).

Eva Kopie said...

Hmm. I live in Kentucky. Hadn't heard about that, but I don't doubt it. That stretch of the highway always has lots of billboards with the Ten Commandments and "Haven't Talked To You Lately -God."

Just think, though! I survived public education in such a state! There is hope, even in Kentucky!

Ang said...

Hi Eva,

I'm close by, in Southern Ohio. I can see this place doing great business, at least for awhile. I'm sure there are local churches already planning field trips there. The bible belt is such fun (the last statement was laced in sarcasm). We have several god message billboards here too. And lots of bumper stickers. There is a huge billboard nearby that proclaims: You call yourself a Christian, then don't vote for a governor who supports abortion and gay marriage. (or something to that effect, it pisses me off every time I see it)
On a better note, the Democratic candidate won!! Woohoo

Saurian200 said...

C.W.,

What do you take these people for? Idiots?

Do you really want me to answer this question?

If you can't say anything nice, and all that.

eyebeemer said...

Another Kentuckian here. I live about 15 miles from this thing. (I can't bring myself to call it a museum) Words can't express how disgusted I am with these people.

I'm relatively tolerant of religious people. Mostly because my family is Catholic and they're not extreme conservatives or literalists. The problem is that these people aren't just saying they believe in a supreme being (which most atheists agree you can't disprove, no matter how unlikely it is.) These jokers actually believe T-Rex ate coconuts with his giant teeth. They think Noah took baby dinos on this ark. They even have a planetarium but fail to mention that the light from those stars has been traveling for millions of years.

Part of me would love to go see it first hand just to have laugh (not a good laugh mind you, but one of those uncomfortable nervous ones) but of course that would mean I would have to pay admission...which I can never do simply on principle.

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Kathryn said...

vincent, I found another article from January 2007
http://www.jewsonfirst.org/07a/grandcanyon_book.html

They're working on trying to remove that book.

*sigh*

Zipi said...

Vincent, the claim that Grand Canyon staff are not allowed to state the age of the Universe was a hoax. For instance, see at the bottom of this page, which is part of their official website.

Posumomma, unfortunately this kinds of news are extensively covered in Europe with the message "this is what Americans do" rather than "this is what some crazy Americans do".

Matt Dove said...

Evolutionists are every bit as much people of faith as creationists. No one can prove or disprove the existence of God and no one can prove or disprove abiogenesis or species transmutation. The position that there is a greater force operating on Earth than humans is more logically acceptable to me than the position that life simply happened and species can change. You are certainly entitled to your belief, but yours is no more "scientific" or logical than ours. Evolutionists just place their faith in Humans and Creationists place theirs elsewhere. God Bless

Anonymous said...

this is disgrace to all us NORMAL people in the the US. not everyone in kentucky believes this bullshit! dinosaurs eat that too don't they?

Anonymous said...

i belive in God and Evolution and i am amazed at what a waste of time and money this is. This "museum" is going to discredit all the scientists from my state, let me make this clear most Kentuckians dont take this seriously either.

AnotherAtheistAlready [AAA] said...

I am an atheist...well, maybe more accurately an agnostic, since I don't claim to know enough to make a final decision yet about the possibility of a higher power being responsible for the process we call evolution. I presently accept evolution to be scientifically proven, but have some openness to the idea that it might be driven by some over-arching force. I call it "Mother Nature". I don't believe any organized religion has it right yet. Anyone else feel this way?

Later-Day Adam said...

Alyx has astutely observed that "It was before The Fall, back in Ze Garden of Eden, that all animals were herbivores. All that Eebul Sin is what turned the carnivores into, well, carnivores, and turned Nature into the "red in tooth and claw" thing we know it to be today."

Correct though that is, it is unfortunate for the scientific testing of the T. rex-was-vegetarian hypothesis by the well-known technique of clonic resurection from fossil-derived DNA, that such a PRE-LAPSARIAN SAURIAN will never be found.

Why? Because there was no death before the Fall, and, in order to become fossilised, all sides agree that being dead is pre-requisite.

other said...

All generations before Noah were vegetarian. Even the animals ;) You should read some books before writing ignorant posts...

other said...

All generations before Noah were vegetarian. Even the animals ;) You should read some books before writing ignorant posts...