Ken Ham opened his colossal monument to ignorance this weekend, the Creation “Museum”, and PZ Myers is hosting a carnival right now of scientific responses to this folly. The NCSE has also issued a statement.
Clearly the anti-science fools in fundamentalist Christian circles will not rest until an entire generation of American students grows up completely miseducated and deceived, and America itself collapses in global stature to the level of a scientific and intellectual third world country. Not only that, but our economy could falter the more science and reason are rejected in America (among the supporters of Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback are people who deny — get this — that the earth revolves around the sun!), as America fails to advance scientifically and we become just as dependent on Europe and Asia for our medicines, our technology, and our research needs as we currently are on the Middle East for our oil. (I know that last bit sounds slippery-slope-ish, but come on, who ever thought we’d see people willingly pump $25 million into something like this?)
Finally, the stereotype of Christians as being just plain less intelligent than everyone else is powerfully reinforced. In the end, that may be the only bit of fact this “museum” promulgates.
Cletus and Clem Clodhopper enjoyed their trip to the Creation Museum this weekend, and reported they learned a lot. “Ah cain’t read much ‘sept comic books, so lookin at the big plastic dinersores was just like goina collidge, ‘sept better, cuz I dint hafta read!” boasted Clem. Cletus particularly appreciated being able to spend a Saturday away from the family farm, which he shares with his mother/girlfriend and about 23 of his brothers/sons and sisters/aunts/daughters. “Mostly ah look forward to the weekend cuz after ah muck out the stables Pappy lets me blow the goat. Ah never thought ah’d get no schoolin but now ah done gone to the museum, I got alla mah schoolin in one day! Praise Jesus!”