The Coming Clash At The Creationist Museum

On August 7, biologist, anti-creationist, activist atheist and blogger-extraordinaire PZ Myers will be headlining a massive convergence of secular evolutionist atheists (including a large contingent from the Secular Student Alliance) upon Ken Ham’s infamous “Creation Museum”.

Myers and the Secular Student Alliance have been promoting participation in the big visit for weeks and yesterday, Myers posted a letter from the museum warning him that they have been reading his website and taken note of many of his readers’ gleeful musings about ways to mock or offend the museum’s sensibilities and warned him that unless they get assurances from him in advance that he will keep his group civil and respectful it will be turned away.

Both the museum’s entire letter and Myers’s reply can be found on Pharyngula. I found it all a really interesting study in ideological politics (and preemptive spin in preparation for likely future media coverage of the event).  Plus it got me really jealous that I won’t be a part of what promises to be a really surreal and educational sort of atheist bonding experience/clash of ideological cultures.