The PhysOrg website — now named Phys.org, formerly Physorg.com — where we go for science news, breaks new ground today by posting an article about the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, which is run by Answers in Genesis (AIG), the on-line ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. The PhysOrg headline is Dino skeleton to go on display at Creation Museum. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A new exhibit of a 30-foot (9-meter)-long fossil skeleton of an Allosaurus, which resembles a Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open at a Kentucky museum that asserts dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.
We wrote about that fossil six months ago when ol’ Hambo first acquired it — see Ken Ham: “We Have a Dino Fossil, We’re Smart!” He was asking for funds so AIG can properly exhibit the thing. At the time we asked: “Why build a special exhibit for the fossil? There ought to be plenty of room for it in that replica of Noah’s Ark they’re building.” Anyway, PhysOrg says:
Keeping with its Bible-themed approach, the Creation Museum says the dinosaur died in a worldwide flood about 4,300 years ago. Scientists say the last dinosaurs roamed the earth more than 60 million years ago.
It’s Hambo’s fossil and Hambo’s museum, so he can tell his drooling visitors anything he wants. Let’s read on:
Museum founder Ken Ham said the new exhibit “will help us defend the book of Genesis and expose the scientific problems with evolution.” The new exhibit is called “Facing the Allosaurus,” and has the skeleton as its massive centerpiece. It opens Saturday.
Saturday? That’s only two days from now. There may still be time to get there for the first showing. We continue:
“Evolutionists use dinosaurs to reach children more than anything to promote their worldview,” Ham said. “Our museum uses dinosaurs to help tell their true history according to the Bible.”
Yeah, okay. Here’s more:
The topic of a worldwide flood, told in the Bible’s Old Testament, was discussed by TV star and science educator Bill Nye during a debate with Ham at the Creation Museum in February. The debate’s live Web stream drew millions of viewers and intense national media attention.
Nye said if “there was a big flood on the earth, you would expect drowning animals to swim up to a higher level,” which would mean their bones would be mingled with fossils known to be from a later time period. “Not any one of them did, not a single one.”
It’s difficult to believe, but Hambo wasn’t persuaded. Moving along:
Daniel Phelps, president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society, said in a release Thursday that the Creation Museum “has decided, without doing research, that the dinosaur fossil is evidence of Noah’s flood.”
Hambo doesn’t need research. He already knows The Truth™. One last excerpt:
The Allosaurus, named Ebenezer, was donated to the museum by the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation, which purchased the bones over a decade ago. Michael Peroutka, a member of the foundation and the Constitution Party’s candidate for president in 2004, said the fossil “is a testimony to the creative power of God in designing dinosaurs, and … it also lends evidence to the truth of a worldwide catastrophic flooding of the earth in Noah’s time.”
Wikipedia has an article on the guy: Michael Peroutka. They say:
In the United States presidential election, 2004, he was the Constitution Party’s candidate. His campaign theme was “God, Family, Republic” and he emphasized the Bible, the traditional family, and the need for constitutionally limited government. His running mate was independent Baptist minister Chuck Baldwin.
Well, that’s the story. Why is PhysOrg reporting about this absurd event? We have no idea, but if ol’ Hambo shows up there again, we’ll find another source for science news.
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