In Petersburg, Kentucky back in 2007, a group called Answers in Genesis opened Creation Museum. Depicting a literal translation of the origins of the earth according to the bible, they made stunning life like displays showing the world being created 6000 years ago.
I know what you’re about to say: but Lorraine? What about that report I read last week where scientists had to do a mea culpa and reveal new geological information pushes the dinosaur extinction from 65 million years ago to 66 million years ago? I’d reply I find it fascinating science continues to test and change and discover this awesome world of ours, and all the things on it, in it, and around it. The very nature of learning is that you are never done.
Answers in Genesis wastes no time on such postulations. At the Creation Museum, they stuck some dinosaurs running around with cavemen. When you don’t have tens of millions of years to work with, you have to take some short cuts. Though it was funded through private donors and visitors (who no doubt herded their children quickly past the one room devoted to Charles Darwin), before it broke ground 800 scientists from the three closest surrounding states issued this statement:
“We, the undersigned scientists at universities and colleges in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, are concerned about scientifically inaccurate materials at the Answers in Genesis museum. Students who accept this material as scientifically valid are unlikely to succeed in science courses at the college level. These students will need remedial instruction in the nature of science, as well as in the specific areas of science misrepresented by Answers in Genesis.”
So best Kentucky leave the biblical parks to the devoted, no? No. Now, the same group is building a full scale of Noah’s Ark – Ark Encounter – and they’re eligible for tax breaks of up to $43 million over ten years. It’ll be a designated tourist attraction, like Disneyworld, though the most pressing dilemma at Disneyworld is why an anthropomorphized male duck doesn’t wear pants.
Seemingly only getting warmed up on the Museum, Answers in Genesis literally found all their answers in Genesis, and are doing a reno, 2013-style for Noah. They’re agonized over the details, and had to wing it a few times according to a recent article in The Atlantic. Nobody knows what Gopher wood is; Noah worked in cubits, roughly the length of your forearm. Probably. Doesn’t matter. They’re building this hulking great mass (155 metres long) and filling it as Noah did, with two of everything. They need just 2,000 – 4,000 ‘kinds’, because that’s what Noah used. Things mutated and changed into the millions of ‘kinds’ we now have. Wait. Didn’t Darwin explain how that happens?
The Atlantic probed some logistics of their arrangement. How would just Noah and his family mucked stalls for thousands of animals? The group said conveyor belts, which I found to be a fantastic answer; I can’t even get my kids to scoop the litter box. Food? Food pellets. I guess like kibble for 4,000. How did they stop the T Rexes from eating the bunnies? God would smack them , and they all knew there would be a stop along the way at the Grand Canyon if they behaved, so they did, because who doesn’t want to see the Grand Canyon?
I respect religious beliefs when they aren’t wiping out science programs, eradicating health services and undermining government agencies. That taxpayer dollars pour into this type of project is mindboggling.
“We don’t want anyone to think we’re just making things up,” said the Ark Encounter’s design director.”
Of course not.