I know this will sound contradictory, but I view museums as scientifically sacred. They are institutions that are created to teach us. The things that are housed therein are carefully presented after much research. They are fact-based and are meant to expand our knowledge, and therefore they are venerated by me.
So when I hear of a museum that twists facts to promote an agenda, I am infuriated. The displays in such a place are not based on evidence of any kind. They’re not backed up by multiple historic sources or any type of physical proof whatsoever. Rather than employing the scientific method, these places form a conclusion first and then try to cherry pick reality to suit the purpose of promoting their agenda. These places are often directed toward the indoctrination of children, and that makes me want to scream.
If you had been driving next to my car during my commute the other day, you’d have heard just such a scream. I was listening to a story on NPR about the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky. Apparently, when you enter this privately funded, 27 million dollar museum, one of the things that you’ll see is Adam and Eve standing beside a Tyrannosaurus Rex that is sporting a saddle. And the “docent” will tell you that this creature’s fearsome teeth were simply used crack open coconuts, and that, in fact, all dinosaurs were vegetarians and lived right alongside humans, apparently as domesticated pets.
Oh. My. God. Help.
The difference between science and creationism is that science wants to be disproven. By more science. It encourages further investigation, deeper study, critical thinking, and allows for future discoveries. Creationism, on the other hand, says, “This is how it is. Accept it. Don’t look any further. Don’t think.” I find this appalling. I cannot believe that any rational parent would want to put a choke hold on his or her child’s mind in this way.
According to this article about the debate held by this museum’s founder and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, “fear of death permeates every corner of the Creation Museum.” It seems to want to send the message that if you accept evolution, and think the world is more than 10,000 years old, then you’ve just shown that you are all alone in the universe and your existence is pointless.
Well, then, let’s all curl up and die and leave the planet to the brainless fools who believe in creationism, flat earth, QAnon, and the flying spaghetti monster.
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6 thoughts on “Museum Sacrilege”
There are religious people on my FB that are friends of mine. I do voice my thoughts that their belief in creation need to stay in church, not schools. I am from the Bible Belt and it is like talking to robots there. Question anything that contradicts what they were taught and believe there made me feel more like I was trapped in my own mind with my own thoughts that saw people act and say things that made no sense to me. I use to believe in Christianity until my mother passed. I was twenty. I started questioning things. I saw intoxicated meth heads preach to me. All I did was remain silent to those because they are too far into the deep. They are past the point of drinking the kool aid. They would make good tour guides for the creation museums.. lol
Any belief system that makes you disdain science is one to be avoided, if you ask me. I think it’s possible to be religious and believe in science, because, well, God must have given us a brain for a reason, yes? It amazes me that so many think that investigating and learning is somehow evil.
Someone build a time machine and send these people back to the Cretaceous…the last day thereof.
It would definitely be an eye opener, for a brief, shining moment.
I guess I should’ve read the bible closer. Must have missed the dinosaurs and saddles. Roswell’s alien museums don’t seem so primitive now. At least they attempt scientific research into their theories, allow questions and entertain. Tempted to retreat back into my spaceship and not come out until humans have all evolved past their fear based mythologies. 🙂 https://www.roswellufomuseum.com/ …if the UFO museum doesn’t satisfy, just follow the same road to http://roswell-nm.gov/1259/Roswell-Museum-Art-Center. …it has a planetarium, exhibitions and art classes.
You’ll be stuck on that spaceship a long time. Bring books.