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Greetings From Idiot America

Published August 16th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

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Here‘s another good article. Esquire takes a look at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. I’ve always wanted to go there. Someday I will make it.

From the Creation Museum website: The Creation Museum presents a “walk through history.” Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life.

But that doesn’t really explain it. It’s more like a bunch of evangelical, young-earth, bible-literalist, Christians got together and said, “what if we made our OWN museum”, and then did it, somehow. That’s what happened.

Esquire’s Charles Pierce is clearly biased against Creation theories. He finds it unlikely that we lived alongside dinosaurs a few thousand years ago *1*, for instance. Despite his close-minded views, it’s a very interesting article and provides a glimpse of the museum and these people who visit.

The dinosaurs are the first things you see when you enter the Creation Museum, which is very much a work in progress and the dream child of an Australian named Ken Ham. Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis, an organization of which the museum one day will be the headquarters. The people here today are on a special tour. They have paid $149 to become “charter members” of the museum.

“Dinosaurs,” Ham laughs as he poses for pictures with his visitors, “always get the kids interested.”

AIG is dedicated to the proposition that the biblical story of the creation of the world is inerrant in every word. Which means, in this interpretation and among other things, that dinosaurs coexisted with man (hence the saddles), that there were dinosaurs in Eden, and that Noah, who certainly had enough on his hands, had to load two brachiosaurs onto the Ark along with his wife, his sons, and their wives, to say nothing of green ally-gators and long-necked geese and humpty-backed camels and all the rest.

(Faced with the obvious question of how to keep a three-hundred-by-thirty-by-fifty-cubit ark from sinking under the weight of dinosaur couples, Ham’s literature argues that the dinosaurs on the Ark were young ones, and thus did not weigh as much as they might have.)

“We,” Ham exclaims to the assembled, “are taking the dinosaurs back from the evolutionists!” And everybody cheers.

It’s actually a very long article that explores not just the museum, but this whole faith-based subculture. It’s interesting, read it if you have time. i.e. if you’re at work.

The link to the article is here. My footnote is below. Read that, too.

*1* – Pastafarians believe that not only were dinosaurs living amongst us a few thousands of years ago, but that they were tame and sometimes lived inside with us, like pets. The FSM has removed any evidence of this, however, for reasons that we don’t understand and don’t question. If I had a pet dinosaur, he would eat anyone I didn’t like.

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