Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum

I know this is a few years old.. but I just saw it today and figured I'd share it.. Don't think It'll be too surprising for any of us.. 

PETERSBURG, Kentucky (AFP) — For a group of paleontologists, a tour of the Creation Museum seemed like a great tongue-in-cheek way to cap off a serious conference.

But while there were a few laughs and some clowning for the camera, most left more offended than amused by the frightening way in which evolution -- and their life's work -- was attacked.

"It's sort of a monument to scientific illiteracy, isn't it?" said Jerry Lipps, professor of geology, paleontology and evolution at University of California, Berkeley.

"Like Sunday school with statues... this is a special brand of religion here. I don't think even most mainstream Christians would believe in this interpretation of Earth's history."

The 27 million dollar, 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-metre) museum which has been dubbed a "creationist Disneyland" has attracted 715,000 visitors since it opened in mid-2007 with a vow to "bring the pages of the Bible to life."

Its presents a literal interpretation of the Bible and argues that believing otherwise leads to moral relativism and the destruction of social values.

Creationism is a theory not supported by most mainstream Christian churches.

Lisa Park of the University of Akron cried at one point as she walked a hallway full of flashing images of war, famine and natural disasters which the museum blames on belief in evolution.

"I think it's very bad science and even worse theology -- and the theology is far more offensive to me," said Park, a professor of paleontology who is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

"I think there's a lot of focus on fear, and I don't think that's a very Christian message... I find it a malicious manipulation of the public."

Phil Jardine posed for a picture below a towering, toothy dinosaur display.

The museum argues that the fossil record has been misinterpreted and that Tyrannosaurus rex was a vegetarian before Adam and Eve bit into that sin-inducing apple.

Jardine, a palaeobiologist graduate student from the University of Birmingham, was having fun on the tour, but told a reporter that he was disturbed by the museum's cartoonish portrayal of scientists and teachers.

"I feel very sorry for teachers when the children who come here start guessing if what they're being taught is wrong," Jardine said.

Arnie Miller, a palentologist at the University of Cincinnati who was chairman of the convention, said he hoped the tour would introduce the scientists to "the lay of the land" and show them firsthand what's being put forth in a place that has elicited vehement criticism from the scientific community.

"I think in some cases, people were surprised by the physical quality of the exhibits, but needless to say, they were unhappy with things that are inaccurately portrayed," he said.

"And there was a feeling of unhappiness, too, about the extent to which mainstream scientists and evolutionists are demonized -- that if you don't accept the Answers in Genesis vision of the history of Earth and life, you're contributing to the ills of society and of the church."

Daryl Domning, professor of anatomy at Howard University, held his chin and shook his head at several points during the tour.

"This bothers me as a scientist and as a Christian, because it's just as much a distortion and misrepresentation of Christianity as it is of science," he said.

"It's not your old-time religion by any means."

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Comment by SteveInCO on April 30, 2013 at 10:24pm

What's saddest of all is they handed these clowns money for admission.

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on May 1, 2013 at 1:43am

Agreed, Steve. If they wanted to have a good time, I can think of much better things to do.

Comment by Ray R. on May 1, 2013 at 3:44am
What really boils my blood about this , are the "scientists" who identify themselves as Christians . They state that the museum "misrepresents" their religion . Bullshit . If you believe in ridiculous , untenable garbage , own it . Don't pick and choose which delusion suits you and which doesn't . These astoundingly ignorant assclowns running this monument to stupidity at least own their stupidity .
Comment by SteveInCO on May 1, 2013 at 8:27am

Couldn't agree more Ray.  They are at least consistent, as is the Westboro Baptist Church.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on May 1, 2013 at 11:33am

So, if I understand it, there were no wars famines or diseases before 1859.  That is when Darwin proposed his theory of natural selection.  Before evolution could be believed in (excuse the grammar), there was no way to believe in evolution.  Before someone comments, I understand it is not a matter of belief, but accepting the evidenhce.

Comment by Tim Hopwood on May 5, 2013 at 3:43am
Seems like a madochistic thing for these guys to have done.


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