Thursday, May 31, 2007

crazy town

Just read about this new "Creation Museum" in Petersburg, Kentucky (via Salon). Their website is pretty hilarious, if you're into that sort of thing. In order to uphold that the book of Genesis is factual, these folks hold that the world is only a couple thousand years old, and that, you know, dinosaurs and people were created the same week. So, the website links to all these pseudo-science (anti-science might be a better term) articles with questions like, "Is there evidence that rocks don't take a long time to form?" The answer, apparently? Yes!

I think this kind of crap is really dangerous, actually. These types of organizations promote not only ignorance, but hate (there's a section in the museum devoted to anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality rhetoric). It reminds me of two experiences from my own red-state upbringing. The time my science teacher said, voice dripping with sarcasm, "SOME scientists will try to tell you that the world was created by a BIG BANG. Now, does that make sense?" Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: Public Education. One I asked my Sunday school teacher how dinosaurs fit in the picture, shortly after learning about them in school. I was quickly chastised never to question the Word of God. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: private education. It's so depressing to think that so little has changed since I was kid.

3 comments:

kbmulder said...

Wow. They have dinosaurs on the main page of their web site. I wonder what their take on it is. I always wondered how dinosaurs fit into that picture, too. I know I asked, but never got a definitive answer.

Kathy said...

Those Creationists drive me more crazy than almost anyone else. I love those car-ornaments of a footed fish eating the Christian fish... not that I'm a heathen or anything.

Special K said...

What makes me nuts is that people use religion as an excuse for not using their brains.

KMB - these "creation museum" people explain dinosaurs by saying they lived simultaneously with man (specifically, Adam and Eve). A lot of creationists simply claim that dinosaurs never existed at all, that the fossil records are a hoaz (put there by the devil).