Creationism museum dispute reaches convention & tourism bureau

PETERSBURG, Ky. - The head of the Kentucky Paleontological Society is criticizing local tourism officials for promoting the Creation Museum using inflammatory language from the museum's Web site.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau on its Web site says of the controversial museum: "This 'walk through history' museum will counter evolutionary natural history museums that turn countless minds against Christ and Scripture," according to the story in today's Enquirer.

Natural history museums don't turn people against religion, counters Daniel Phelps, paleontology society president. If they did, there would be regular protests outside those museums.

"There's many people who are very religious, and they don't have a problem with evolution," Phelps said.

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  • by Chris Location: Saint Paul on Jun 25, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    " Every day, science makes discoveries that support CREATION and the stories of the Bible, rather than the theory of evolution. Archeaology, biology, DNA/gene research, geology. It takes a whole lotta FAITH to keep believing in evolution in the face of all the new discoveries. " No, that's astoundingly wrong. You simply are such a dishonest human being it's impossible to have an honest, intelligent conversation with you about what is actually true!
  • by Tim Location: Missouri on Apr 18, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    Bob in FL says Evolution is a proven fact and that dinosaurs were extinct 65 mil. yrs before humans evolved. Bob, talk to a few evolutionary scientists and they'll tell you there are some serious problems with the theory of evolution. Also, the idea that dinosaurs became extinct so long before humans is PART of the THEORY. It's not fact. You can't state parts of the theory as fact to support your argument that the theory is actually fact (see the circular reasoning?) Every day, science makes discoveries that support CREATION and the stories of the Bible, rather than the theory of evolution. Archeaology, biology, DNA/gene research, geology. It takes a whole lotta FAITH to keep believing in evolution in the face of all the new discoveries. And Michael, they don't get published 'cause the reviewing "peers" are evolutionists who believe Creationism is, as you say, answered your own question there. You guys have been truly the research.
  • by Michael on Sep 3, 2007 at 11:40 PM
    Funny how creationists never get articles published in peer reviewed science journals backing their ridiculous claims. Creationism is pure pseudo-science as the National Academy of Sciences has already made clear.
  • by Henry Location: Henderson, KY on Aug 30, 2007 at 07:54 AM
    I'm a former research scientist, and I am going to see what the creation museum has to offer. True science is built on observable fact, and many of the great scientists of the past were Christians. The greatest scientist of our age, Einstein, a Jew, believed the old Testament which says that God created the earth in six days. No person living was there to witness this act. I believe the Bible, and I think that Kentucky has been blessed by these Australians who decided to build the Creation Museum here.
  • by Sharon Location: Champaign IL on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM
    How could Mr. Daniel Phelps be any more obtuse and/or dishonest in his remarks about the Creation Museum? The phrase "against Christ and the Scripture" is NOT the same as "against religion" - how did he make that jump? Then, he equates lack of "regular protests outside those (natural history) museums" with lack of disagreement. Christians rarely protest in that way. Creation Museums are their protests. Homeschools are their protests. How much suppression of their freedoms will it take to get Christians into the streets? I hope we don't ever have to find out.
  • by Bob Location: Florida on Aug 29, 2007 at 10:54 PM
    Ken Ham's Creation Museum, which claims dinosaurs lived with people, is a monument to stupidity. Dinosaurs were extinct 65 million years before humans evolved. Diane asked "Evolution doesn't attack scripture?" Evolution is a proven fact and it sure does make Genesis look like a fairy tale. You can believe ancient holy books or you can accept modern science. I prefer to live in the 21st Century. People who trust the liar Ken Ham and his insane museum prefer to live in the Dark Ages.
  • by Pete Location: California on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:43 PM
    Diane, You've got it all wrong. You're confusing being attacked with being IGNORED. Science doesn't attack religion, it ignores religion. Science reports what it finds without regard to whose feelings might be hurt.
  • by Earl Location: Turkey Foot on Aug 28, 2007 at 08:38 AM
    It would be okay if the Creationism Museum were promoted as a religious institution; however, when the Ky C&V promotes this as an alternative to natural museums and science it paints a horrible picture of Ky. It portrays an incredibly poor understanding of science. Evolutionary theory is a multifaceted explanatory framework that is supported by every discipline of science including chemistry, genetics, physiology, anatomy, physics, biology, geology, etc. The overwhelming preponderance of evidence from all of these branches of science have elevated the concept of evolution to that of a "theory". That doesn't mean its a guess or supposition. A "theory" in science is an explanatory framework that has been proven repeatedly to the point where it has been largely accepted. Could the theory of evolution be replaced? Sure! However, the folks at the Creationism Museum are only not open to testing their position. Instead they demand that you accept it without question. That is not science!
  • by Sarah Location: Lexington on Aug 27, 2007 at 10:20 AM
    The C&V bureau should write their own description of the museum, instead of using that language. Just visited the "museum" and it is a JOKE. They believe that dinosaurs and humans lived together like the old 70's TV show "Land of the Lost", dinos were on Noah's Ark (imagine a T. Rex pair on a 500 foot boat!) and that the earth is only 6000 years old. It makes Kentucky look BAD. The museum is a propaganda tool to further the agenda of a divisive wedge issue. Yes, evolution is technically a theory, but Creationism barely deserves to be a hypotheis. The leaps in logic at this "museum" are presented as true facts and marketed as a real science exhibit. Misleading the people to promote an agenda. Nice.
  • by Raymond Location: Richmond on Aug 27, 2007 at 03:32 AM
    Not visited the place myself. I would hope that it would find a way to integrate known science into creation theory, like most rational Christian who's heads aren't in the sand/King James version... But if it's another showcase for the quack-jobs that think the earth is only a few thousand years old and that dinosaurs never existed, then count me out, (at least until I've had a lobotomy).
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