James Willmot, a writer on the right side of science (aka not ignorant) penned a lengthy op-ed for the Courier-Journal today about the Creation Museum in Boone County and the damage being done to school-age children everywhere. Not to mention the damage being done to Kentucky’s already waning reputation as a shoe-free society.
And we’re not talking about injuries on the saddle-clad dinosaurs. Or even the trauma caused upon learning the museum’s model for “Adam” is a gay porn star.
All right for killing test scores and common sense!
There is a great educational injustice being inflicted upon thousands of children in this country, a large percentage of whom come from the Kentucky, Ohio and, Indiana areas. The source of this injustice is a sophisticated Christian ministry that uses the hook of dinosaurs, the guarantee of an afterlife, and the horrors of hell to convince children and their families to believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible. The tax-exempt ministry, Answers in Genesis, and its new $28 million creation museum in Boone County has become the de facto source of science information to thousands of Christians who are throwing away reason and 500 years of scientific inquiry and replacing it with ignorant dogma.
These kids are learning that despite a fossil record that clearly shows a progression of simple life forms becoming more complex life forms over billions of years (the first bacteria are believed to have established themselves approximately 3.8 billion years ago), they are taught that the first man was made from clay and that the first woman was made from the man’s rib. Instead of learning that the process of natural selection, over 3,800 millions of years, has changed populations of organisms into the approximately 10 million species (conservative estimate) that inhabit the Earth today, they are taught the “poof” theory of creationism.
Don’t forget to check out Joe Sonka’s photographic tour of the “museum” from June.
You know the C-J has struck a chord when the nuts come out on their forum. This article has definitely struck a chord. Go read all the crazy messages.