When it’s run by a stupid christian.
Pharyngula has a nice summary of the visit by PZ Myers andÂ friends to the Creation “Museum”. He says that the layout is more like a theme park ride where you’re led through a sequence of “creation, corruption, catastrophe, confusion, Christ, cross, and consummation” – no exploring “exhibits” at random.
This was not a museum: it is a haunted house. It is a carnival ride. It shows throughout in the layout â€” the rubes are supposed to be shuttled through efficiently, get their little thrills, and exit so the next group can make the trip. If they’d had a few million more, I imagine they would have invested in tracks and little cars and turned it into the Creation Ride. The creators of this place wouldn’t recognize a museum if they woke up in the middle of the Smithsonian on a bed of museum maps with a giant sign saying “MUSEUM” in front of their faces and an army of docents shouting directions at them. They seem to have gotten all their information about how a museum works by visiting Disneyland.
It’s a long post, but worth reading in detail. As is the case with weasel words, I think you find that the real message can’t be effectively disguised from people who are paying attention. The more that people like Ken Ham try and make up lies in opposition to science’s reasoning, the more we can see how bankrupt creationism is as an explanation for anything.
Addendum: One of the commentaries I read today, said that the place was filled with dinosaur exhibits, and lots of reconstructed dinosaurs. The focus seemed to be on getting the kiddies in – “mummy, mummy! can we go see the dinosaurs?”. While they’re there, they can be indoctrinated into believing that human reasoning is wrong and the bible is literally true. Of course this all takes place in a setting only made possible by human reasoning.
The crazy creationists would not have a “museum” if they had to depend on their spirit in the sky to build it for them. Dump a bunch of Christians who believe that “god will provide” in the wilderness and they’ll likely freeze to death or starve unless some more practical and reasonable people intervene. I wonder why that sounds familiar?