American ignorance is, perhaps, at an all-time high. In the past, I posted about The Creation Museum – a landmark that provides testimony to this fact. A new article, Exploring the Creation Museum: American’s New Meccas of Fanatical Ignorance provides a powerful (though wordy and highly opinionated) review of a visit to the museum. From the article:
For those of you who haven’t heard about this yet (and I’m surprised how many people still haven’t), The Creation Museum is the crowning achievement of religious stupidity – a shrine of ignorance that only America’s chewy center could play host to. It’s a $27 million dollar, 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art complex in Kentucky, designed to look and feel exactly like a science/natural history museum. It has elaborate dioramas of animals and nature, audio-visual presentations, animatronic dinosaurs, fossil replicas, diagrams of geological formations, and even a gift shop. But one small detail sets it distinctly apart from other science museums you’ve probably visited: There is not a single shred of science on display within its walls. Worse still, its very existence is a bold mockery of science itself.
The “exhibits” show dinosaurs coexisting with humans, and provide “science-like” explanations for things that science has clearly explained to thinking peoples’ satisfaction. Ironically, this really does test visitors’ faith: They can just to believe in a supernatural world, or they can choose to think study it and find real answers. It seems that the implicit answer for most people (at least those in the Bible Belt) is obvious.