The Kentucky Park Service has a problem. People are going to the Creation “Museum”, getting their heads filled up with idiocy, and then they go to the state parks and pester the rangers with stupid assertions. The parks department had a great idea: let’s send the rangers to the museum to find out what exactly they’re facing. I approve! You should know the enemy well if you’re going to out-argue him, and this is one of the few legitimate reasons for visiting that pile of dreck in Petersburg.
Only…they’re going to hobble themselves, tie one hand behind their back, and wear a blindfold in this fight.
Tichenor emphasized that the park naturalists do not want to try to dissuade park visitors from their religious beliefs.
“We will tell the person if they want to believe what they saw at the Creation Museum that’s fine and good,” he said. “And then we explain to them why we are saying what we say at the park — which is interpreting the scientific evidence produced for the site.”
WHY???? Why don’t sensible people want to dissuade confused visitors of their phony-baloney beliefs? This is so wrong, and exactly what I complain about when I say those so-called moderate believers are enabling the more pathological forms of religion. OK, I would understand how they wouldn’t say they are only allowing atheists in, or that rangers will only answers of those sufficiently pure in their godlessness, but this is different: these are people being indoctrinated in lies that defy the evidence of the natural world, the evidence the park naturalists are expected to explain, and they are going to take pains to avoid disagreeing with dumb-as-sticks visitors.
Yes, Mr Tichenor. You want to argue with creationists and explain that their beliefs are completely bogus. You want to confront them with the evidence right there in your parks that shows that Ken Ham is a big fat wicked liar. You don’t want to tell them that the crap they learned in the Creation “Museum” is “fine and good.”
This insane idea that any claim that is associated with religion must be respected is going too far. The people who are expected to be rational and are even titled “naturalists” are groveling before the stupidity peddled by Answers in Genesis. Unfortunately, there’s also another reason they’re being so nice to a certifiable con artist: the Kentucky parks department is under the control of the Commerce Cabinet, headed by a fellow named George Ward, who approves of the Creation “Museum”.
Ward said he sees no conflict in his parks’ naturalists teaching the natural history broadly accepted by scientists while his cabinet promotes the Creation Museum.
“This trip will let our naturalists be better prepared to deal with questions they get, and they will continue to talk about the scientific explanations at their parks,” Ward said. “But we also have a role to promote tourism in Kentucky, and we see the Creation Museum as a tourism attraction.”
Hey, George! You know what else would be a great tourist attraction? A whole big tourist town, sort of like Jamestown in Virginia, dedicated to promoting the worst stereotypes of your state. You could call it “Yokelville, Kaintucky”, populate it with barefoot, toothless hicks in tattered overalls, have exhibits of moonshiners drunk and blind on kerosene and grain alcohol, make brother-sister marriages legal within its borders, and allow feudin’ with muskets with anyone who makes a rude remark about the War of Northern Aggression. It’s the same thing: it’ll make money, at the expense of your reputation and self-respect. It won’t matter that it’s not true — we already know that you don’t care about that.
The creationists are not afraid to pull punches because no one among their ranks is telling them that fighting with the gloves off is rude, and they feel that they are on a mission from god. Regular Christians are not telling activist creationists that their disparaging and offensive, not to mention unsupportable, commentary is totally out of line.
But evolutionists are constantly reminded by those in their own ranks to treat the delusional criminals and miscreants that call themselves Followers of Jesus (of one form or another) with kid gloves because rationalists have only the truth to hide behind, and in human societies, the truth is not as powerful as mumbo jumbo, the heebiejeebies, the evil eye and the bogeyman.
Or as powerful as white-beard-in-the-sky-guy, so hands off, everyone. You better not even criticize the idea of a 6000 year old earth lest some religious person take offense.