Possibly the first ever museum devoted to creationism opened early this week in Kentucky, and saw a good share of eager visitors as well as a number of protesters. The latter apparently object to the museum's emphasis on faith over scientific fact. (On that topic, seeing the broad objection to a mandated HPV vaccine for young girls among this museum's demographic, ought not someone open a Genital Wart Museum across the street?)
The Creation Museum, which features a Noah’s Ark replica, tackles the age-old evolutionists’ question, “What about the dinosaurs?” by explaining that Noah made room on the ark for them, too. Can a reprinting of all Bibles, due to the complete omission of those creatures from its pages, be on the horizon? It is fun to picture Noah single-handedly wrangling a couple T. rexes and getting them on that boat.
Apparently Noah must have dumped the terrible lizards overboard sometime during those five months, though, as lions and tigers and bears still exist, but dinosaurs do not. I imagine they were quite a pain to confine and feed at sea. I mean, you saw what happened to that ship's crew at the end of The Lost World, right?
No word on whether the museum has a Garden of Eden replica featuring a naked, anatomically correct Adam and Eve. Though they may have the first couple depicted with that ultra-rare disease that causes green, leafy plants to grow over the genitalia, plantydia. Somehow I imagine only the post-fall, shamed Adam and Eve are represented.
Speaking of which, according to at least one museum exhibit, all animals were vegetarian before Adam and Eve sinned; interesting indeed for me to think that some Christians’ idea of "paradise" includes a vegetarian diet and naked people. Maybe we have more in common than I thought.
I certainly would not make any effort to oppose the opening of such a museum in my neck of the woods (unless public funds were used for it, that is; the $27 million Kentucky museum was privately funded), nor would I flat out refuse to patronize it. But I do have an issue that all employees of the museum must affirm their Christian faith before hiring. Isn't that, like, religious discrimination in the other direction?
Though I suppose all things even out. A Harry Potter theme park is set to open in Florida in 2009, and I am sure it will get its share of pro-creation (see what I did there?), anti-evil protesters, too. Hey, tax-exempt The Holy Land Experience will be just down the street, and I'm sure those folks won't welcome their new occult-oriented neighbors with open arms. Mark my words.
But as some consider Harry Potter an expression of a certain type of faith, albeit a dark one, maybe that theme park should be tax-exempt, too? And while they're at it, why not require a profession of belief in the black arts from all employees? OK all you Central Florida Wiccans, let's get those job applications filled out!
Man, just imagine the protests if the Harry Potter theme park has its own "Gay Days," a la Disney World. I can see the event now, kicked off by a naked Daniel Radcliffe astride his trusty steed, Equus. Satanists and "sodomites," oh my! Oh, this is gonna be fun.