A legendary saloon on the border of Kentucky and Ohio has long been the locale for jokes about bizarre encounters between residents of those states and their mutually incomprehensible folkways; but that region is now the site of the biggest joke of all — and it’s real. We’re speaking of the Creation Museum. It’s located in Petersburg, Kentucky and accessible from the Cincinnati airport.
The museum is for creationists what Roswell is for UFO buffs, the Himalayas for seekers of the Abominable Snowman, Loch Ness for monster hunters, Woodstock for aging hippies, and Lenin’s tomb for true believers.
We know you want your Curmudgeon to keep you informed about this venerable institution; therefore, dear reader, we present to you: Creation Museum’s attendance exceeds expectations, which appears in the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky.
The article is positioned in the newspaper’s “Education” section, which is indicative of something. We’ll let you decide what that might be. Here are some choice excerpts. The bold font was added by us:
A school bus hissed to a stop near a giant concrete dinosaur perched outside the Creation Museum, a $27 million, 70,000-square-foot natural history museum-meets-Biblical theme park. Three dozen middle school students tumbled out the doors, stretching after the 113-mile drive from Westside Christian School in Indianapolis for a field trip to augment their science lessons.
What awaits that busload of children? Let’s read on:
Inside, the students learned from displays that, contrary to mainstream textbooks, science supports the Bible’s accounts of the Earth’s creation in six days; that the Grand Canyon was created suddenly in Noah’s flood; that dinosaurs and humans lived together; and that animal poison did not exist before Adam’s original sin.
“Creation makes more sense — what’s here just confirms it,” said seventh-grader Nick Johnson of Westside Christian.
Smart kid! We continue:
Two years after its controversial opening, the Creation Museum has drawn 720,000 visitors, far more than the 250,000 annually organizers predicted. It brought in $7 million in receipts last fiscal year, with organizers saying it has had an economic impact of more than $20 million.
Along the way, it has become a popular science field trip destination for Christian schools, religious and home-school groups and public-school clubs. Students represent many of the museum’s group visitors, which make up roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of overall attendance, officials said.
Isn’t that wonderful? Here’s more:
Scientists and secular educators fear those students are being led astray by pseudo-science that they say distorts accepted scientific findings, including a fossil record that shows life becoming progressively complex over billions of years. They also argue it fosters a distrust of science.
The National Center for Science Education asserts that “students who accept this material as scientifically valid are unlikely to succeed in science courses at the college level.”
What can you expect from a bunch of Darwinist, materialist, evolution-lobbyists? They can see their fantasy crumbling! Moving along:
Yet religious schools are flocking to the museum, including schools from Louisville that view it as a valuable educational resource. “It really helped supplement our curriculum” and “shed a lot of light” on earth sciences, said Dan Delaney, principal of Louisville’s Northside Christian School, who objects to evolution “propaganda” in museums and textbooks.
Yes! The Truth™ must be told! Another excerpt:
[Museum] Creator Ken Ham, who started the ministry in his native Australia and raised money to build the museum, says he uses “the same science” as evolutionists, but interprets it differently.
Ah yes, Ken Ham. On with the article:
Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross said nothing in state law would bar public schools from visiting, if it were part of “a lesson” on “how some perceived the world’s beginnings.” Kentucky does not require the teaching of evolution or creationism (or even science at all) in private schools. And public-school science teachers aren’t prohibited from mentioning creationism, but lessons often include concepts behind evolution, Gross said.
From a creationist point of view, the article ends on a sour note:
“The Bible is not a science book,” said [Biologist Gene Kritsky, a professor at College of Mount St. Joseph in nearby Cincinnati]. “In Job, it says that the Earth rests on pillars, but we don’t teach that to children.”
No pillars? Teach the controversy!
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