We’ve previously written about the creationist display at the Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre — see Government Creationism in Northern Ireland. Today we found two articles that pretty much span the full spectrum of reactions.
The first is from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia; and he’s the brains behind the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — which has become the North American Mecca for the mindless.
What we found there is at ol’ Hambo’s personal blog: Refreshing News from Northern Ireland: But Would Secularists in the USA Be This Tolerant?
Refreshing news? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s a bit of what he says, and then we’ll move on to the other reaction we found:
A news item from Northern Ireland will, I’m sure, create a lot of buzz among the intolerant secularists in the UK and America — the same people who frequently blast AiG and the Creation Museum with nasty name calling and false allegations because of their hatred of any organization that disseminates a creationist viewpoint to the public.
Then he quotes from some news story contrasting creationism and mainstream science, and he says:
Now while the phrase “mainstream science” is misleading, which implies that the creationist view is not “science” and the secularist one is (both are accounts about the past when no human observer was there — so both are different accounts of historical science), it is refreshing to see an exhibit at a major tourist attraction acknowledging the creationist view. I doubt anyone would ever see that happen in the USA!
No human observer was there? How does Hambo know? He wasn’t there, so he doesn’t know anything about it. Anyway, he thinks the display of creationism is “refreshing.” But our guess is that he’s probably more thrilled by the display of creationist political muscle. Dream on, Hambo.
There’s more to his article, including an account of an old dispute about selling creationism books at the Grand Canyon’s bookstore. Check it out for yourself if you like.
Now we’re going to the Belfast Telegraph, in which we read Richard Dawkins: Creationism at Giant’s Causeway ‘is intellectual baboonism’. It says:
The National Trust should not have buckled to pressure from the “intellectual baboons of young Earth creationism”, one of the world’s leading evolutionists has told the Belfast Telegraph.
One of Dawkins’ most admirable qualities is his clarity of speech. One might even say it’s refreshing. The news story continues:
Prof Dawkins said that while the trust exhibit presents the scientific view of the Earth’s age, the charity had also “paid lip service to the ignorant bigotry of ‘young Earth creationism’, a view which flies in the face not only of science, but of theology too”.
“The age of the Earth is a matter of scientific fact, not opinion, and balance and fairness do not enter into matters of fact.”
We find this situation very confusing. Ol’ Hambo says it’s refreshing, but Dawkins says it’s intellectual baboonism. How will we ever figure it out?
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