May 22, 2005

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This isn't a satire.

Ken Ham has spent 11 years working on a museum that poses the big question — when and how did life begin? Ham hopes to soon offer an answer to that question in his still-unfinished Creation Museum in northern Kentucky.

Notice the headline of the Yahoo News Story:

Creation Museum Sparks Evolution Debate

I didn't know there was a debate going on, except in Wingnut Kansas.

Ham's beliefs are that the Earth is about 6,000 years old, a figure arrived at by tracing the biblical genealogies, and not 4.5 billion years, as mainstream scientists say; the Grand Canyon was formed not by erosion over millions of years, but by floodwaters in a matter of days or weeks and that dinosaurs and man once coexisted, and dozens of the creatures — including Tyrannosaurus Rex — were passengers on the ark built by Noah, who was a real man, not a myth.

Emailer Jerimiah says: I'm thinking of setting up a different fundamentalist museum of my own to battle both science, and religion. It's the museum of whatever thing I can Imagine, yet claim absolutist real. It'll be great, because it'll serve to reclaim all reality in terms of my own personal fantasies!!!

It's a giant step backward in science education," says Carolyn Chambers, chair of the biology department at Xavier University, which is operated by the Jesuit order of the Catholic church. The Rev. Mendle Adams, pastor of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Pleasant Ridge, takes issue with Ham's views — and the man himself. "

Jerimiah says: "For example: Man does not come from sand like in the bible, or from primates for that matter. Man comes from MANnequins. Man was sparked to life in an ancient cave dwelling department store by the Toyota company before the fifteenth flooding of the world!!!! You see, I can bullshit anything, and claim it real!!!! I don't even have to test it; just claim it theoretical, as valid as any science theory out there!"

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