Captain’s Log 6,070
I am facing a nasty battle today. There is a creation “science” museum here in town that wants to join our museum council. They made a bid to do this a few years ago, and they did not meet the technical requirements. Now, they DO meet the requirements and their application is back on the table. These are the people who claim God created the world in six physical human days. There is no evolution. And dinosaurs and cave dwellers shared the planet at the same time because our planet is only 10,000 years old.
I am distressed.
Um………. No. It did not happen this way.
They call their educational auditorium the Tabernacle. It contains a replica of the Ark of the Covenant and a faux staging area for slaughtering sacrificial lambs. They sell Bibles in their store and coloring books for kids illustrating how they are made in the image and likeness of God.
I see this as an offshoot of religious dogma rather than a museum. Yes, they have exhibits. Yes, they have the right non-profit federal status. Yes. Yes.
So I struggle. If this was a Klan museum that met all the technical requirements, would we be expected to approve? I can almost see myself approving a Klan museum before I could approve this one. At least the Klan museum would probably be historically accurate.
So if we don’t like the content of a museum do we have the right to exclude them?
I talked to the director of the council yesterday and she is NOT looking forward to this debate. It was hot and snarly two years ago but we had a technical reason to exclude them. They have reptiles in the museum that apparently illustrate the myths of evolution. They did not have anyone on staff officially qualified to handle live animals. Now, they do.
I wish Jean Auel was here to attend the meeting today.
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But real science doesn’t mean anything to creation science people. They think it’s all bunk just like we think they are all bunk. At least I run a museum that has a clear history and defined examples of technical and styling evolution. And I don’t sell Bibles in my store.