A closure we can all be grateful for


Yay! The Creation “museum” and Ark Park are closed as of today, and they’re keeping them closed until 2 April (they’re optimistic, I think they’re going to be closed a lot longer. My university is closed until at least May). There’ll be a little less miseducation going on for a short while.

I do wonder if Dennis Prager will accuse them of “panic”.

Comments

  1. says

    So why would God suddenly intelligently design this virus some 10,000 years after the creation? Just asking, I know he works in mysterious ways . . .

  2. vereverum says

    In other museum news, CNN has been running a story that now ALL of the Bible Museum’s 16 very expensive ancient Dead Sea scrolls are forgeries. As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, if it’s not one thing, it’s something else.

  3. larpar says

    The closure was announced Sunday but they didn’t close until Tuesday because they had a job fair on Monday.

  4. some bastard on the internet says

    @vereverum #3

    Man, if you can’t trust black-market dealers, who can you trust?!

  5. coldhardrealist says

    I’ve already seen two news stories about churches saying that mandatory closings violate their First Amendment rights and they’re going to continue to have worship services as usual. One of them said the virus was a conspiracy to close Christian houses of worship.

    Here’s a prayer for today: Dear God, please do not send us any more religion as I don’t know how much more religion we can take.

  6. robro says

    Was anybody at Ark Park? Seems like a relatively safe place for social distancing.

    coldhardrealist — They should be allowed to stay open, just anybody that goes in has to remain quarantined there until a vaccine is ready next year. In the meantime, they could pray and pray and pray. I’m sure it will work.

  7. nomdeplume says

    Yes, stories about congregations insisting on sharing communion wine, insisting on prayer meetings because they couldn’t get infected because religion. But then of course, as in South Korea, they do get infected and emerge to pass it on. Fancy getting yourself killed because someone else wants to talk to their imaginary friend.

  8. tacitus says

    Perhaps most telling of all, Lourdes is completely closed for the first time since its founding…

  9. says

    Just thought it was worth mentioning that this situation has brought a transwoman into the position of being a source of official information in Pennsylvania

    Dr. Rachel Levine

    Dr. Levine is currently the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. She is also the President-Elect of ASTHO, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, with her term beginning on September 26, 2019

    https://www.health.pa.gov/About/Pages/Leadership.aspx

  10. says

    robro@8 the pastors of many big conservative churches wouldn’t like that. Have people hang around for extended periods of time and they might discover the books they cooked, the secret stash of porn, or other evidence they’re aren’t that good at the whole devout Christian leader thing.

  11. Ed Peters says

    Wait. Won’t their god protect them? I used to hear that from religionists all the time. Did their god just meet his match with a few attograms of organic matter?

  12. robro says

    I talked to my brother in Florida a little bit ago to check on our 90+ year old mom. While he wasn’t explicit, I got the impression that he thinks the pandemic is a lot of hoopla over nothing. He probably just doesn’t get it because he’s thinking “flu” and he’s suspicious of anything that might disrupt the Trump juggernaut. There are just under 200 known cases in Florida now, but the state has 4.3 million people over 65 (20% of the population) so the viral devastation among seniors could just be getting started.

  13. katahdin says

    Correction:” As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, if it’s not one thing, it’s something else.”

    She said “it’s always something.”

  14. says

    I predict that coronavirus will spread like a bushfire among certain religious folks because they do actually believe that their god will keep them safe. Just look at South Korea.
    And yes, boomers.
    I know folks here are on the reasonable side, but what i get from a lot of other “generation sandwich ” people like me is that we#re equally stressed out about occupying our kids and keeping our parents from killing themselves.

  15. ajbjasus says

    #1 cervantes You haven’t been paying attention, it has (d)evolved from the virus created by good ole god during the fall by losing a bit of information.

  16. says

    I am not surprised after all they are supposed to be carrying two of everything, including every pest, disease bacterium, virus or parasite known to man.

  17. Matt G says

    I’ll be grateful when the Creation “Museum” and Ark Park close permanently.

  18. Bruce Fuentes says

    Once we get to the otherside it will interesting to see (well primarily to see what the other side will be like), what effect this all has on religion. Will people re-embrace their irrational beliefs? Or will they see that their holy water, laying on of hands and general mumbo-jumbo has no real world effect on anything. I would think the removal of holy water and magic biscuits must be having some sort of effect on the belief set of some Catholics.
    How do they fundie faith healers show their faces again when they could do nothing to stop this? Will people ask that question?

  19. blf says

    @20, They — “faith healers” and other quacks, “mystics” and other frauds, “prophets” and other pedophiles, &tc — will simply lie, lie, and lie. E.g., as to why the situation seems to be under control (we did it with prayer), what happened (science failed, again), who was affected (sinners, believers in [insert any magic sky faerie but yer own here], socialists, brown or poor or LGBT+ or [insert everyone else you dislike]), and so on. Lie, lie, lie, lie, and lie. All whilst asking for donations, loansharking and selling dubious products, buying from distressed people, insisting environmental & standards be lowered / removed to assist social-economic recovery, etc, etc, etc.

    Magic sky faerieisms didn’t disappear after repeated bouts of the Black Plague, or the “Spanish flu”, or… (historians can fill in the details, please!). Nor did astrology or other absurdities.

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