KY Park staff will visit Creation Museum, face visitors' questions

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Naturalists from Kentucky state parks are planning a trip to the Creation Museum in Boone County to see firsthand what they are up against, reports The Louisvile Courier-Journal in Saturday's edition.

Since the museum opened about three months ago, the naturalists who teach visitors about the ancient natural history of the parks have been challenged more frequently by people who have visited the Creation Museum, said Carey Tichenor, chief naturalist in the Department of Parks, reports the C-J.

"Visitors are asking, 'Well, it said this at the Creation Museum, but you all are saying something different,' " Tichenor told the newspaper.

The Creation Museum, which presents the Bible's creation story as fact supported by science, was opened in late May in Petersburg by the Answers in Genesis Christian ministry.

And there might be millions of years of difference between what a tourist is told one day at the museum and the next day at a state park.

"At places like Cumberland Falls or Natural Bridge -- where we're interpreting geologic history based on the scientific evidence that has been provided -- we talk about going back into hundreds of thousands, even millions, of years," Tichenor said. "The theory of creationism is that the world is only 6,000 years old."

Plans call for as many as 18 park naturalists to visit the museum on Nov. 1. Tichenor said group-rate tickets will cost taxpayers about $338, reports the C-J.

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  • by ben Location: lex on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    Whitty talking points don't refute science. Find some more quotes to cherry pick.
  • by Lenny Location: PA on Sep 5, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    "The cosmos is all there is or ever was or ever will be." Carl Sagan's faith assumption is irrational. He would have to know everything about everything (be God) to say with certainty there is no God. The Doctrine of Evolution is based on that irrational faith, not science. Dr. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History: "I will lay it on the line, There is not one such fossil for which one might make a watertight argument (for evolution)." Evolution says that you evolved from a rock. But spontaneous generation is scientifically impossible. ”Sir Fred Hoyle, a famous astronomer, once wrote, “The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way (by evolution) is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.” In other words, stastically impossible! For more quotes and evidence refuting the Doctrine of Evolution check out uponthisrockfoundation.com
  • by ben Location: lex on Sep 5, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    Also, if a public school sent kids to the creation museum, that is sueable, since it's taxpayers money going toward a religious trip(church and state). Where as evolution, which is supported by that pesky thing called science, is not a religion, and therfor you could not sue. It's like trying to rewrite what we aleady know... "No kids, those clouds are not large concentrations of moisture in the sky, it's Angel's breath.." God doesn't want to or needs to be supported by foe science, he gave us all big brains, and he expects us to use them.
  • by ben Location: lex on Sep 5, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    Anyone else feel like we just keep taking steps backwards?? I feel sorry for any child who is told to belive something that flies in the face of science cause someone's religion is feeling threatened. Carbon dating, Geological dating, fossil records are not opinions, no matter how many preachers tell you otherwise. The saddest thing about this is there is no reason you can't be a good christian while not ignoring the same laws of science that have been in place for 1000's of years. Science is not an opinion folks.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Sep 5, 2007 at 06:08 AM
    Too bad the museum isn't fashioned like a big rock because "ak" could go and turn the rock over and find out where they came from...LOL! Hey "ak", I'm just so sad that your child was rejected for the reality show Kid Nation; I guess you want the attorney for the field trip because you lost out on the $5,000 your kid would have received if they were chosen for Kid Nation. You are a joke for even making that statement of getting an attorney if they want your child to go to the museum on a field trip. Don't raise your children to be as close-minded as you. Just change your name from "ak" to "sue" and everything will fall into place.
  • by D Location: CORBIN on Sep 4, 2007 at 08:05 PM
    TO AK.....AND SCEINCE USES WHAT TO BACK THEM UP THAT WE CAME FROM APES....THE MISSING LINK IS STILL JUST THAT...MISSING. ITS OK IF YOU THINK THAT YOUR GREATEST OF GREAT GRAND DADS WAS ONCE SWINGING HIGH UP IN THE TREES SEARCHING THE LEAVES FOR A MATE. IT IS SAD THOUGH THAT YOU DO TAKE THE "CALL A ATTORNEY ROUTE". SO WHAT IF THEY GO ON A FIELD TRIP THERE YOUR DAUGHTER WILL BE SUBJECT TO WORSE THINGS IN LIFE THAN THAT. BUT FROM SOMEONE WHO HANGS UPSIDE DOWN A LOT I CAN SEE WHY!!! BACK OFF THE RELIGION TOPIC...REMEMBER IF IT WAS FOR THE SEARCH OF FREE RELIGION THIS NATION WOULD NOT EXIST AS IT DOES TODAY. IT IS A NATION OF CHOICE SO IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR DAUGHTER GOING KEEP HER HOME THAT DAY!!!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 4, 2007 at 01:53 PM
    ak - way to keep an open mind. How about you just not sign your daughter's permission slip to go, if they have a field trip? I guess when the schools start teaching evolution to my son, I'll get an attorney too.
  • by Keith Location: Flemingsburg on Sep 4, 2007 at 10:56 AM
    It is important for our naturalists to understand and consider the evidence. I think it is a good use of tax dollars. The free marketplace of ideas only works if people are interested in finding out the truth and not merely looking for something that supports what they hope is true. for those interested Scientific American has a wonderful article available online at http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000D4FEC-7D5B-1D07-8E49809EC588EEDF which answers the creationist arguments quite effectively. Creationists should check it out and remember that the Lord is a friend of truth, not wishful thinking.
  • by Jeannie Location: Grayson on Sep 4, 2007 at 06:27 AM
    Seems like the people of faith are under the impression that freedom of religion is under attack. Constitutional fights concerning religion are all about protecting your right to practice the religion of your choice. I believe you mostly have a problem with people being able to choose their religion.
  • by Mike Location: Louisville on Sep 2, 2007 at 01:52 PM
    The founders of the Creation Museum aren't 'ignorant Bible thumpers' as some might tend to portray them. They have reputable scientists on staff who defend the biblical record using science. It isn't unusual, as Diane mentioned, for scientists (even evolutionists) to disagree. You can witness this by the volumes of scientific journals which contain competing thoughts on similar issues. Therefore, it is quite common to come up with differing ideas using 'good' science. It boils down to your presuppositions. Finally, I am concerned that this visit to a privately funded Christian museum, for reasons other than an employee outing, is being provided by our tax dollars. Instead of wasting our money, I wonder if they have considered giving their evidence and let the Creation Museum give theirs and then let the people decide for themselves? Seems like there shouldn't be too much concern if their evidence is as sound as they claim.
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