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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Creation Museum Opening Draws Nigh

Shirkers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your brains.

Ken Ham's Creation Museum is featured in Newsweek. Here it finally is, in all its asinine glory. And according to last year's Esquire article about this museum, Adam doesn't have his, er, T-Rex. Hardly Paradise, if you ask me.

America is becoming a dinosaur-pimped Russian Federation. Is Ken Ham our very own Lysenko? You decide! As for me, I need a drink.

I need a couple drinks. And a cigarette. And I don't even smoke. I can't believe people swallow this crap, in this day and age. In the richest, most prosperous country in the world. That has citizens like these*.

Yeah. I need to get hammered.
*Well, I guess the video is no longer available. Too bad, because it was incredible. People on the street were asked to name a country with a name beginning with U. “Yugoslavia?” No, how about the United States of America? D’oh! (I confess that I thought of Uganda, Uruguay, and Uzbekistan, but not the U.S.A.) Then people got all excited about the prospect of invading Iraq – uh, they meant to say, invading Iran. (Iraq, Iran, same difference…right?) Then they put thumb tacks all over Australia, called it “France,” and said that we should invade that, too.

Let’s invade the world! D’oh!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... Do you think they'll leave some empty display areas in the museum where new creations might suddenly appear? Then folks come come back every week or so to check. It would be great for revenue.

April 12, 2007 11:41 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Hahaha! Yes it would!

But unfortunately, the creationist wizards have already beaten you to this idea.

April 12, 2007 11:59 PM  
Blogger Cats Staff said...

Less reading about creationist nonsense and more homeworking. It will help keep you sane and off the bottle. You can surf the net and read this stuff all day, once you graduate and have a job.

April 13, 2007 2:47 AM  
Blogger vjack said...

Well, now people have another option for throwing their money away in pursuit of salvation besides church.

April 13, 2007 7:09 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Sane and off the bottle??

Uh, read here. ;-)

I am doing my homework! I swear!

Vjack - take it from me, I work in a museum - exhibits age. I'm already wondering about Ham's maintenance costs. Especially when science is giving him the finger. Give them a decade, and the exhibits will look musty; give them 15-20 years, they'll look faded and, er, as out of date as they already are. Just like the hokey exhibits in The Institute for Creation Research, another crap organization.

April 13, 2007 11:19 AM  
Blogger Joshua said...

Do they string up bananas and jars of peanut butter around the entrance to keep us pesky atheists away? Worse than garlic for vampires, I tells ya!

April 13, 2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

My favorite paragraph: "The Institute for Creation Research was a weird place for Dembski to be. Later it would surprise experts (like Woodruff) that I had seen him there. On the whitewashed office walls hung faded kitschy paintings of the Seven Days of Creation. The Museum dramatized each Day in a series of rooms that were like shabby theater sets. The idea was to make Genesis feel present, palpable. You started in a black chamber — 'Day One: God Creates Heaven and Earth' — with murals of swirling stardust and a familiar planet. You moved on to other chambers showing the invention of light, the birth of plants and animals, and so on. The text for each Day questioned evidence for the Big Bang (among other modern ideas). Day Seven was a warm room with lush jungle murals where aquariums of fish and beetles and lizards surrounded you like cages in a pet store. This was Eden. The resident Serpent — a three-foot ball python with a branch to climb — lived in a corner tank, and hidden speakers piped in birdsong."

April 13, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Joshua, a bunch of us should organize a trip and go.

Hide in the can until the place closes up, and see if the exhibits come to life. ;-)

Eve would be all, "Like, did you guys bring any beer? I need a drink. In fact, I need a cigarette, and I don't even smoke. You know, Adam and all these dinosaurs, and not many women around - it's like sheep on the farm. Just kidding." (I wonder if they included Lilith?)

April 13, 2007 1:50 PM  
Blogger Cats Staff said...

If it helps you do your homework, then imbibe away. Stay away from the cigarettes, those things are dangerous.

How much can it cost to keep up the dinosplays, which are probably half chicken wire, half papier-mâché.

If we stay overnight maybe we can solve the mystery of why so many people think creationism is real, write a book about it, and call it "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mr. Kenneth A. Ham".

April 13, 2007 3:22 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Aw, you're so serious. I was thinking that the Creation Museum could become the next underground party pad, like the catacombs in Paris.

April 13, 2007 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I can't believe that people swallow this crap..."
Then don't believe. There is no convincing scientific evidence of the existence of any deities, but there is ample evidence that stupid people exist, so you can accept as a working hypothesis, if not as a theory or a natural law, Asimov's Axiom: "There is no belief, however foolish, which will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death."
Lazaruz Long said it well, "Most people can't think, and all too many of those who can are too lazy to do so. They'd rather wallow in the fables and myths they learned at their mother's knee than investigate the myriad evidence that puts the lie to those fairy tales. Those few of us who will think, will reason, will investigate, study the data-we're stuck with all the work."
-paraphrased from "Time Enough for Love," by Robert A. Heinlein

April 13, 2007 10:24 PM  
Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitor said...

You may want to to look up "Cognitive Dissonance " for an explaination of this one.

This museum is good candidate as another entry at the "roadside america" site.

I find that a great number of these novelties consist of shrines and folk scupture made by rural retired men out of whatever was lying around and a bit of cement.

What would Jezus do when he retired?

April 17, 2007 5:10 AM  
Blogger Stu said...

Another excellent article on the soon to be opened Creation Museum is at Parallel Divergence. Well worth a read. Some good commentary there as well:

May 07, 2007 7:33 AM  

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