Bible-Based Museum Attracts Thousands As Protesters Jeer

PETERSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky museum that tells the Bible's version of the Earth's history attracted thousands to its opening as protesters jeered outside.

The Creation Museum in Boone County hosted more than 4,000 people on its first day, said Mark Looy, a co-founder and spokesman for the controversial $27 million facility.

The museum, which teaches the Earth was created in a week just a few thousand years ago, had more than 500 people in line Monday just a couple of hours after opening. The parking lot was filled with license plates from dozens of states.

"The guests were very happy with the museum experience," Looy said. "Of course, we had some naysayers come through and engage us in conversation, and that's fine - we want them."

"I enjoyed it - it gives a lot of detail," said Pam Bluhm of Plain City, Ohio, after she viewed the exhibits. "We brought several kids, they're doing reports on it for school, so they took a lot of pictures, are taking notes."

Several dozen protesters staged a rally arguing that the museum's central tenets conflict with scientific dating techniques that show the Earth is several billion years old.

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  • by Conessa Location: Independence, KY. on Jun 8, 2007 at 04:41 PM
    Oh.. I laugh a little at some of the comments I have read. I couldn't even imagine my life without God. I have learned that having Faith, is a choice. A choice that each person individually excepts with greatness, or the least of their hearts. I am very excited and looking forward to visiting the museum soon with my family. It's a great feeling to know that some people despite the criticism, do follow their faith and belief. These days, it's harder than ever to be a Christian, and if people can stand up for what they beleive in their hearts and achieve it, that's great! This museum isn't hurting anyone. It's a choice, to go experience it if you want to, or you don't. And for those who have spirituality , I'm sure it's been an exciting time for them!
  • by Alize Location: New York, NY on Jun 1, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    Let me get this straight.... God created dinosaurs with razor sharp teeth to feed on salad and frolic with Adam and pets...6000 years ago. Meanwhile the vast majority of biologists, astronomers, geologists, fossil hunters and thousands of other hard working university educated scientist eggheads are actually dishonest idiots, misreading the evidence, and willingfully creating a fantasy about evolution (even through the basic principals of evolution are observable in a petri dish) to impose an atheistic and ungodly world view. It's only a mere coincidence genetics didn't disprove evolution outright. Thanks, AIG, but I think I'll stick with evolution. Evolution is backed by evidence, it doesn't need faith.
  • by Donald Location: Kernersville, NC on May 31, 2007 at 05:43 PM
    It is unfortunate that critics of the creation museum NEVER question the operational science data dealing with the age of the universe, the earth and OBSERVED catastrophic impacts of canyon formation such as that near Mount St. Helens. In fact, the negative rating of Dr. Krauss of the science aspects of the CM is both dishonest and deliberate misrepresentation of the facts that any observer of the museum exhibits would have to acknowledge as more than "religious bigotry". It could be asserted that the real bigotry stands outside the gates and in the air waving banners that are more descriptive of their own philosophy than that of young earth advocates who accept the Bible as completely reliable in all that it asserts, both historically and scientifically.
  • by Dennis Rourke Location: Canada on May 31, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    Too funny! $27 million dollars to lie and misrepresent evolutionary theory in particular and science in general. Doesn't the bible say something about bearing false witness? I think Jesus would be rather upset about this giant waste of resources that instead could have been used to care for the poor. I remember him commanding many times that his followers care for the less fortunate, but can't recall him even once demanding his people build a fake museum.
  • by Duveen Location: ILLINOIS on May 31, 2007 at 05:26 AM
    I'm so glad and excited that the museum is open and the world will know the truth, because the truth will set you free, For God be the Glory. GOD is the beginning and the end. That's why American is in the state it's in because they want to remove GOD out of everything and without GOD we have nothing but toubles. Thank GOD for the museum. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD. The same was in the beginning with GOD. All things were made by him; ans without him was not anything made that was made. Saint John 1:1-3
  • by Julie Location: Lincoln, Nebraska on May 30, 2007 at 11:11 AM
    I think that is wonderful that the museum is there. My family and I would like to come and visit it. Those that dissagree with it do not have to. Our children/grandchilden have had to study other therories, myths, and science information. We should be able to chose and not be discriminated against...especially from what out country was founded in God. GREAT JOB to those who made the museum possible!
  • by freda Location: barbourville on May 30, 2007 at 10:19 AM
    We will be there soon. As for the protesters I only wish I had as much time on my hands as these people who can spend time protesting something that is not hurting anyone just because they don't believe in it. If they are such good people why didn't they spend the time they wasted volunteering at a nursing home or children's home where they could do some good. They probably thought they would make the paper or the news. Oh well, it takes all kinds I guess.


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