A few days ago we posted AIG Visits a Real Museum. Little did we know that Answers in Genesis was starting a trend, and we would soon be posting about another creationist outfit doing the same thing.
Today, at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — we found this: Evolutionary Eye Candy in New Dallas Museum. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
ICR employees visited the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas in late 2012. The big block-shaped building that The Dallas Morning News called “brash and breathtaking” had been under construction for several years. Its promoters advertised it as a place where visitors could receive strong doses of much-needed evolutionary teaching.
This is what they’re talking about: Perot Museum of Nature and Science. It must have taken great courage for ICR’s creation scientists to enter such a devilish place. But maybe they learned something. Let’s see how it went:
The $185 million museum, named after the wealthy Perot family who underwrote much of the construction cost, is filled with a barrage of evolution-soaked displays.
“Evolution-soaked displays” — how horrible! Let’s read on:
Immediately after paying for entrance tickets, visitors ascend a giant escalator straight to the fourth floor. On the way up, a lone sign with no accompanying display or context reads, “The earth is 4.6 billion years old.” Apparently, the exhibit architects and content directors took seriously their task of indoctrination.
What fearlessness it must have taken to continue past that point! The ICR article goes on:
As is often true with new museums, visitors to the Perot Museum are challenged to find anything but long-refuted arguments used to promote evolution.
Here’s an example of one of those long-refuted arguments:
One wall, called “Evolution’s Attic,” described useless human body parts that are supposed to be evolutionary leftovers. Visitors can read about how the uselessness of the appendix confirms evolution. But amazingly, the last sentence admitted that the human body does use the appendix, a small sac that retains a cache of useful gut bacteria. The usefulness of the appendix is a function of its design, and design requires a designer.
Remember that, dear reader — the appendix is so useful that it requires a designer. Moving along:
The Perot Museum is packed with whizz-bang displays, interactive exercises, and attention-grabbing effects. Some of them review legitimate science, but many of them merely promote evolution. Printed text is minimal, tailoring the experience to younger audiences. These tactics, combined with repetition of evolutionary dogma, is set to successfully indoctrinate hordes of young visitors.
Truly disgusting! Another excerpt:
It was sad to watch over 20 busloads of children pouring in through the museum’s doors, knowing that they were about to hear and experience lies purveyed as truth. They certainly received the evolution message, regardless of its utter lack of support from laboratory science, historical science, or philosophy.
Weep for the children! Here’s the concluding paragraph:
Wouldn’t it be excellent if an equally impressive museum existed in the region that displayed some of the most convincing and understandable scientific evidence for creation?
ICR needs a generous benefactor. Unfortunately, the Perot family isn’t available; they’re on the rational team.
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