Have you Floridians been pining away for a museum like Ken Ham’s? OK, no, you haven’t, not in the slightest, but you’re getting one anyway. The Gospel Fossil man is coming to lie to your children!
“To find a fossil, I’m finding, often times, especially if it’s a dinosaur fossil, a victim of God’s judgment,” Baird said. “And I may be the first one to ever see the remains since it was buried in the flood.”
Baird, also known as the Gospel Fossil man, said he came up with the idea of “Gospel fossils” 14 years ago after watching Jurassic Park.
“I was tired of the world getting all the attention and Satan getting all the attention from these creatures,” Baird said of the dinosaurs.
Referencing Genesis 1, Baird said God created the dinosaurs on the sixth day with the other beasts of the field. Moving on to Job 40, Baird used the description of the “behemoth” to show that this huge animal was a dinosaur.
“If we just simply let God speak…God is describing [the dinosaur] to Job, which is several hundred years after the flood, which tells us the dinosaurs had to go on the ark and come off the ark and were living hundreds of years at least after the flood,” Baird said.
If we just simply let the evidence speak … it’s shouting that Tom Baird is an asshat. The bible is a hodge-podge of a book full of superstition and mythology; it’s silly to use it as a guide for understanding the natural world as Baird is doing. What he calls Satan, somewhat more sensible Christians call the Creation — and alas, those sensible Christians are hampered by the fact that the “Creation” is busily telling us that it wasn’t created at all, that the Bible is false, and that the foundation of their faith is bogus. I don’t think we’ll hear much from them protesting this absurdity that has just taken up residence in their neighborhood.
Baird recently found a permanent home for Noah’s Park, which consists of nearly $100,000 worth of fossils—Âeverything from dinosaur eggs to dinosaur excrement—Âseveral displays, and a planetarium, at the Middle Florida Baptist Assembly grounds.
The assembly grounds, located near Branford at Pickett Lake in Lafayette County, is a non-profit organization privately owned by seven Southern Baptist associations: Beulah, Harmony, Lafayette, Middle Florida, Santa Fe River, Suwannee, and Taylor.
I suspect that what Baird has is an incoherent collection of random fossils of dubious provenance—that’s what the pictures show, with duck-billed dinosaurs tangled up with sabre-toothed tigers, and trilobites jumbled on a table with 10,000 year old fossil fish—picked up at rock shops and uninformed by knowledge and lacking any organizing principle, other than the false hypothesis that the dinosaurs were all killed in a flood 4,000 years ago. That is not a museum; it’s calculated disinformation mustered by a willfully confused ideologue (he has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Trinity Bible College in Florida!) designed to perpetuate ignorance in the public. Let’s call it an anti-museum. Let’s call it creationist superstition. Let’s call Tom Baird a foolish clown and arrogant ignoramus.