I finally made it to the Creation Museum. No, I didn’t make the trip with PZ Myers, and the other 300 or so day-tripping atheists, along with the Secular Student Alliance . Parental responsibilities got in the way. However, a few days ago, after a trip to the dentist with my daughter, we found time to stop by. Oh, don’t worry though. She’s 8 years old and has a finely tuned skeptical filter that nothing gets by without question.
So, I posted a few of the photos I took, and soon after, I was asked a question from a good friend of mine, whom I believe is a Christian by birth, what did I think of it? This is my response:
What I thought of the Creation Museum? Well, there were dinosaurs. Lots of dinosaurs. Dinosaur paraphernalia was sprinkled all throughout the place. I like dinosaurs, as do my children, and probably your children too. Dinosaurs are cool. So, they definitely have the cool factor going for them. Though, overall, I thought it was disturbing, especially when I saw children there, young impressionable children. Children, whose minds are being manipulated to think, that to be in good favor with their religious social group, or even with their parents, they have to put aside everything they’re taught in school and buy into this garbage.
The “alternative” and opposing information that is provided there is just simply bogus and destructive. They are anti-science, anti-progress, anti-education and anti-reason, and admittedly so. The children who are indoctrinated into this sect are being robbed of vital critical thinking skills. Skills that are vital to the progression of society as a whole. As cliché as it sounds, an investment in the minds of children is an investment in our future. Yes, there is a future to care about. The End Times are not coming.
It’s one frame of mind to believe in some sort of omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent ultimate consciousness that set forth into motion time and matter, but does not otherwise interfere. It’s another frame of mind to believe in a “one true god” and to say you’re a Christian and yet another to be a Christian fundamentalist and believe the Bible might contain accounts of actual historical events, and act as an infallible source of morals. That’s a person’s right and prerogative. It’s something different altogether to just make things up to manipulate the public and more specifically, the group that calls themselves Christian, into thinking they have to throw out what bit of reason or logic they allow themselves to believe the nonsense they have to offer, to maintain their good status in their religious group. As an example, this sect puts the phrase “God’s word” as an opposition to reason, as it shows in one particular exhibit of posters displaying actual scientific discoveries and offers, what is known as Ockham’s razor, a simplified answer to every question that may arise, it is “God’s word.” This implies a person has to choose one over the other. A book of bronze-age mythology over current scientific advancement and inquiry. Religious authority over freethought. Religious dogma over observable, empirical and measurable evidence that is subject to correcting and integrating previous knowledge, also known as science.
Rest assured, you can call yourself a Christian and accept the scientific method, too.
The word, museum, used in the name of the place, is very deceiving. In my opinion, the place, which is reminiscent of an overly produced, but well done, carnival side show might be more aptly named, “The House of Creationism.” Even then you might wonder what the deal is with all the randomly placed dinosaurs.
You might also raise an eyebrow to the heavily armed guards posing as the Creation Museum Police, whom upon inquiry, will let you know in a well scripted brief, although they have so far been without incident, they are ready to detain, arrest and subdue with force, anyone causing trouble.
Fortunately, with my military ID I got got in free and a half price admission for my daughter.