Let’s see how smart you are, dear reader. We are presented with a mystery by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo has just posted this to his blog: Why Was a Creationist Museum Denied Membership to a Museum Council? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Did you know that the world-class Creation Museum (the largest of its kind in the world) isn’t the only creationist museum in America? Scattered across the nation — and even internationally — are dozens of Bible-affirming museums that teach a biblical worldview and uphold the history recorded in God’s Word.
Wow — dozens of them! That’s good to know. But where’s the mystery? Patience, dear reader, it’s coming:
Well, one of these museums is the Creation and Earth History Museum of Santee, California (near San Diego). It includes an age of the Earth cave, a Grand Canyon exhibit, a human anatomy exhibit, and even a replica tabernacle. It used to be owned and operated by the Institute for Creation Research.
It sounds like a great place! Let’s read on:
Well, reportedly the Creation and Earth History Museum applied to the San Diego Museum Council to become members. Members apparently receive benefits such as marketing support, exposure, and training.
We looked at the Museum Council’s website. It doesn’t say much, but it appears that they get support from the local government. So what happened to the creationists’ application? Hambo continues:
Well, their application for membership was denied — again. They applied back in 2013 and were told to complete a list of improvements, which they have spent the last two years accomplishing. Those changes were approved, and yet when the committee voted on the museum’s application, it was denied again.
Again? How disappointing! Why was their application denied? Hambo reports:
The museum president stated, “We didn’t get the majority of votes, which to me confirms the underlying cause which we suspected all along, which is prejudice against creation as an explanation for origins.”
Gasp — prejudice! That’s horrible! What does Hambo think? He tells us:
Now, without knowing more information about the entire situation, it would seem that the museum very well could have been declined membership simply because it teaches the Bible’s history of origins. This wouldn’t surprise us at all!
Why wouldn’t Hambo be surprised? It’s because of his personal experience. He reminds us:
Remember the life-size Noah’s Ark attraction we are building has been denied a tourism tax rebate incentive because it will promote an evangelistic message — which is why we are currently involved in court action with the state of Kentucky over the free exercise of religion.
Yes, and we all wish Hambo well in his struggle to exercise his freedom of religion — by getting money from the state of Kentucky. Perhaps that outfit in San Diego wants support that comes indirectly from the municipal government. Here’s more:
Whatever the case may be with the San Diego creationist museum, we often see prejudice against creationists in academic circles simply because we promote a different view of origins than what is commonly believed — and even back it up with solid scientific research.
Solid scientific research? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Moving along:
Now, some evolutionists argue that museums shouldn’t promote ideas. They should just show facts, it is claimed, and that’s why creation museums can’t be “real” museums. But all museums promote ideas. Evolutionary museums certainly do! They promote evolutionary ideas about the past.
Hambo is right! There’s a Dracula museum in Ireland, so what’s wrong with a creationist museum? One more excerpt:
[B]ecause secularists have declared evolution as fact, they then claim evolutionist museums don’t present ideas, just facts! Really such museums are defining terms the way they want to impose a religion on the culture — the religion of naturalism (atheism).
Yeah — it’s a rotten shame! The rest of Hambo’s post encourages you to visit his own “museum” and the other one in San Diego– both of which we regard as being in the same category as the Dracula museum. They’re fun for tourists who like that sort of thing, and no one is trying to shut them down.
But the mystery lingers: Why did that place in San Diego fail to be admitted to the Museum Council? This is a major scandal that demands investigation.
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