It’s well-known that like-minded people want to cluster together, and this maxim certainly applies to creationists.
As all of you know, Kentucky is home to Answers in Genesis (AIG) — one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. It’s also the home of AIG’s infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — the North American Mecca for the mindless.
Not only that, but if Hambo can ever raise the funds, Kentucky will also be the home of Ark Encounter, the latest project of AIG. It’ll be a “full size” replica of Noah’s Ark.
With all that, you might think that Kentucky is saturated with creationist attractions, but you’d be wrong. There may be more on the way, inspired by ol’ Hambo’s example. That’s what we call the “Hambo Effect,” and here’s the story:
We found it in the Guardian, one of the major British newspapers. The Brits love to write stories about creationism in the US, and that’s where we read Creationists plan yet another museum for northern Kentucky. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A stretch of interstate in northern Kentucky may soon be the official capital for creationism fans across the globe.
We think it’s a good idea to have these things in a recognizable cluster. They’ll be happy, it’ll be a great convenience for those who visit, and the rest of us can avoid the blighted region. The Guardian story continues.
Online-only institution the Creation Science Hall of Fame hopes to establish a real-life creationism center located between the Creation Museum and planned creationism theme park Ark Encounter.
Great idea! They won’t even have to advertize very much, because Hambo’s already attracting visitors to the region. Oh, here’s the website for the Creation Science Hall of Fame. Let’s read on:
The hall of fame website was launched in February and honors “those who honored God’s word as literally written in Genesis.” Any scientist who the institution believes furthers the scientifically inaccurate idea that God created the world 6,000 years ago can be included.
The Guardian couldn’t help being snarky. We know what you’re thinking, dear reader. You’re dreaming that one day, you too might be included among those illustrious geniuses in the creationist Hall of Fame. It could happen — if you lose your mind. We continue:
There are several creationism institutions in the US, including another creation museum in Texas and a mobile museum that takes fossil exhibits to churches and schools. The hall of fame would solidify northern Kentucky as the center for creation-tourism.
The citizens of that state must be so proud! Here’s more:
Creation Science Hall of Fame organizers are asking for between $2m and $3m and would feature biographies, pictures, and artifacts of inductees.
Three million bucks for a collection of pictures and biographies? Hey, why not? Moving along:
Their website honors 104 deceased male scientists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Faraday and Guglielmo Marconi. To explain why these individuals are included, the site excerpts biography information from the book Men of Science, Men of God, written by a man widely recognized as the father of creationism, Henry Morris.
Henry Morris? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
So there you are. We wish these promoters well. They’ll be a good neighbor for ol’ Hambo, and a great addition to the intellectual culture of Kentucky.
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