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Jun 30 2014

Not even creationists want to be associated with creationism

You wouldn’t guess it from the name, but the Akron Fossil and Science Museum isn’t really a museum, has nothing to do with science, and they think their fossils are less than 6,000 years old. It’s also not in Akron; it’s in Copley, Ohio. It would be hard to come up with a more misleading title.

One possible reason is that it’s a way to lure in participation from public schools. At least one teacher, by error or devious intent, has taken students from the Cuyahoga Falls public school district to this creation exhibit, so maybe it’s an underhanded game.

I suspect a more common reason. Creationists love to ape the trappings of real science, and are a bit ashamed of the low reputation their stupid beliefs have, so they play these games. It makes no sense to me. I wouldn’t rename my courses “Jesus’s Holy and Sacred Revelation of Biology”, just to sucker in the rubes. But then I’m not peddling bullshit.

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  1. 1
    joe321

    The title is not completely misleading. The “and” is used in its proper context in that title!

  2. 2
    Olav

    Joe321 #1, “and” should have been “nor”.

  3. 3
    Moggie

    To be fair, I think their fossils are really fossils, so they should be referred to as the “Akron” Fossil and “Science” “Museum”.

  4. 4
    busterggi

    You can’t spell creationism without cretin.

  5. 5
    raven

    They did the same thing with Fundamentalist xian.

    At first Fundie was what they described themselves as. Over the decades it came to mean ignorant, dumb, looney, and malevolent xians who sponsor xian terrorism and hate the USA.

    These days they call themselves “Evangelical” which isn’t too accurate, although there is a major amount of overlap.

    So now “Evangelical” is starting to mean, “ignorant, dumb, looney, and malevolent xians who sponsor xian terrorism and hate the USA.”

    In a few years, they are going to have to come up with a new name. I suppose it will be some variant of Real True xians or some such.

  6. 6
    raven

    Needless to say, Orwell’s 1984 is one of their sacred scriptures, the Instruction Manual.

    And Fundiespeak is a type of Newspeak. They invented Thoughtcrimes.

  7. 7
    richardelguru

    busterggi: “You can’t spell creationism without cretin”
     
    Interestingly ‘cretin’ is Swiss French for ‘Christian’.

  8. 8
    Pazvante Chiorul

    creationism is a capitalistic fad. just some smart entrepreneurs noticing a market niche worth millions of dollars and exploiting it. most of the people making $$$ in the creationist movement aren’t full christians. they mainly focus on certain controversial passages form the bible just to arouse controversy. similar to how marlyn manson does stuff just to annoy the christians. nowadays it’s evolution. in the future abiogenesis will probably be the next big creationist thing.

  9. 9
    newenlightenment

    It would be hard to come up with a more misleading title

    Holy Roman Empire?

  10. 10
    JohnnieCanuck

    @#7 richarddelguru,

    According to the dictionary, ‘Christian’ is the origin for the word ‘cretin’.

    ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from French crétin from Swiss French crestin ‘Christian’ (from Latin Christianus), here used to mean [human being,] apparently as a reminder that, though deformed, cretins were human and not beasts.

    The term referred to “persons who were deformed and mentally handicapped because of congenital thyroid deficiency.”

    Learn something new here every day. Chrétien is the surname of a previous Prime Minister of ours, a bit of trivia that I think not many Anglophones knew of.

  11. 11
    waldteufel

    “It would be hard to come up with a more misleading title”

    Answers in Genesis?
    Discovery Institute?

  12. 12
    curbyrdogma

    “To be fair, I think their fossils are really fossils…”

    Actually, IIRC they *might* own a few of the more common fossils such as trilobites, but they apparently showcase the same kinds of fraudulent props that Ian Juby likes to trot out, such as “fossilized” teddy bears, badly carved “footprints” and even the discredited Ica stones… (what, do these things come as sort of a prepackaged creation ‘museum’ kit?)

    http://www.akronfossils.com/

    (And they’re referring to it as “Truassic Park”? More like Dumbassic Park… Read some reviews here: northeastohiofamilyfun.com/akron-fossils-science-center-truassic-park/”

  13. 13
    Josh Volchko

    Saying Copley is Akron is like telling people Morris is Minnesota. No one’s going to understand you otherwise. :) This is like 15 minutes from where I live and is where a satellite office is located for the company I work for. It almost makes me want to go.

  14. 14
    ajeffri

    These people do nothing but deceive. Even their social outreach has, as its basis, converting the lost and chaining free society.

  15. 15
    twas brillig (stevem)

    And they’re referring to it as “Truassic Park”?

    I read that as a deliberately misspelled variation of Truthiness Park. What I would expect from the scamming Creatods. X-D

  16. 16
    Piotr Gąsiorowski

    For 16 bucks they offer tangible proof that Pteranodon had teeth.

    http://www.akronfossils.com/store#pteranodon-skull

    True-ass-ic indeed.

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