they said the t rex had sharp teeth for cracking coconuts

I spent this past Memorial Day weekend with Linette and Clementine at my parents’ house, which just happens to be about 15 miles from the Creationism Museum I keep posting about here on MM.com. As most of you know, the museum had its grand opening yesterday morning. My plan was to drive up and shoot some footage of the people as they stood in line, waiting to get in for the big ribbon cutting. I wanted to ask them a few questions about evolution, Darwin, dinosaurs and what they thought of people, like me, who 1) don’t share their religious beliefs, and 2) don’t feel as though religion has any place in our public schools.

The plan was to get up early and hit the “Scientists are Witches” museum before driving back home to Michigan. The only problem was, I’d have Linette and Clementine with me, and I wasn’t sure how much they’d appreciate the hour or two detour spent sitting in a parking lot, watching me interview people that might react… un-Jesus-like. So, I debated it for a while and ultimately decided not to go. I felt bad about it, like I’d let all the non-Biblical literalists in the world down, but sometimes I have to put my family before the blog.

I like to think of reasons to hate myself, and the reason yesterday was that I had it within my power to do something in response to this temple of backward Biblical interpretation, and yet chose to do nothing. I thought that no one else would take the initiative. As it turns out, however, I wasn’t the only one with the same idea. I was happy to find out today that there was actually a pretty well attended demonstration. They called it The Rally for Reason, and you can find video of it online. What’s more, someone from the pro-science team even went in with a camera and documented what he saw so that the rest of us wouldn’t have to shell out the close-to-twenty-bucks they’re charging for admission. His tour can be found here.

The next step, I think, should be to bring all these pro-science folks together and start a fundraising campaign for a billboard on the road leading up to the Creationism Museum. I think that a national call for design ideas might turn out some pretty brilliant submissions.

[The image shown here is one of many that you’ll find if you follow the last link.]

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11 Comments

  1. Chelsea
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    But you didn’t do nothing. You’ve told hundreds of people about what’s going on.

  2. dorothy
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    it never fails to amaze me that otherwise rational people will believe claptrap like intelligent design. they will believe the scientists completely on things like heart by-pass, diabetes medication, atomic energy, cold fusion—everything, but when it comes to accepting research on evolution they become blind and deaf. go figure! it’s as if one tiny little corner of their brain is dead.

  3. Cleo Love Paste
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Weird.

    I used to get my hair cut at a place called the Creation Orchard.

    And I have a tattoo that says “Scientists are Witches.”

  4. dr. teddy glass
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Ken Ham, the museum’s founder, being interviewed on Christian TV-

    http://www.technorati.com/videos/youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D31mlbB8KFmY

  5. dr. teddy glass
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Another good collection of photos can be found here-

    http://flickr.com/photos/7489629@N06/sets/72157600269342444/

  6. dr. teddy glass
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    There’s more than just dinosaurs. This comes from-

    http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2007/05/oh-damn-i-missed-buddy-davis-day-at.html

    By the way, I didn’t realize that the exhibits in the Creation Museum touch on more than the Genesis story. This is from an NPR report by Barbara Bradley Hagerty:

    Hagerty: It is the Culture in Crisis exhibit where the museum makes its obvious moral point.

    Voice of actress in exhibit: I just want to go and get this fixed. I can’t be pregnant. I w–

    Voice of narrator in exhibit: One in three pregnancies ends in abortion.

    Hagerty: On one video screen in a darkened room is a distraught girl calling a clinic about having an abortion. On another is a boy looking at pornography on the Internet. Nearby, a church edifice is being destroyed by a wrecking ball with the words “Millions of Years.” The Riccardellis [first-day attendees] get the intended point: that if you doubt Genesis, you can ignore the rest of the Bible, and where, they say, does that leave society?

  7. Ol' E Cross
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Did you see those photos?

    Dang, Eve was kinda hot.

    I know that’s pretty much like thinking my grandma was hot, but still, if I had a time machine…

  8. mark
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    And be sure to check out, Ken Ham being interviewed on Christian TV.

  9. mark
    Posted May 30, 2007 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    And it probably fits better in the other thread, but, if you get a chance, be sure to also check out Alec Baldwin channeling Charles Nelson Reilly.

  10. mark
    Posted June 11, 2007 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    they claim to have had 4,000 visitors the first day.

  11. Meta
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell” – Rep. Paul Broun of the House Science Committee

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/house-gop-science-committee-akin-gingrey.php

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