Oh Boy, Another Creation Museum

Ken Ham’s creation museum in Northern Kentucky is the most expensive and fanciest of its kind, but there are lots of smaller creation museums all over the country. Now there’s a new one coming to Boise, Idaho, and the people behind it are predictably clueless.

According to the Idaho Statesman, the fledgling Northwest Science Museum has opened up a “Vision House,” located next to a store that sells Magic the Gathering and other gaming supplies, with hopes to someday move to a 450,000 square feet facility where they can display a full-sized replica of Noah’s ark…

“We’re a non-profit organization and we want to show a lot of science that’s being censored and presented to the public, ” explained executive director Doug Bennett. “Show both a biblical perspective and a naturalistic perspective on items, on fossils, on ancient technology, on that sort of thing.”…

Speaking to a group of children, a volunteer curator agrees with “skeptics” who question how Noah could have brought dinosaurs upon his ark.

“But yet they found a baby diploducus in Argentina — a complete skeleton, 27-inches long,” he explained. ” Noah, being the smart man he was … he’s going to bring a baby or young one along that’s gonna live longer, reproduce a lot more.”

Wouldn’t you love to watch Noah take a baby dinosaur away from its mother? That would be fun. Oh, I know, God miracled that shit. There are lots of these little dives that amusingly call themselves museums. There’s the Wyatt Archaeological Museum, which shows all the frauds “found” by Christian con man Ron Wyatt. There’s Carl Baugh’s Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas, where he continues to peddle the claim that human and dinosaur footprints are found side by side in the Paluxy river (a claim that his fellow creationists debunked decades ago). And there’s one near Branson, Missouri that a bunch of us went to during Skepticon a couple years ago. Add one more waste of perfectly good space to the list.

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  • John Pieret

    Wouldn’t you love to watch Noah take a baby dinosaur away from its mother? That would be fun.

    Diplodocus was one of the sauropods. Very big but probably relatively slow. I want to see Noah taking a young velociraptor or T-Rex.

    Add one more waste of perfectly good space to the list.

    But, but … they are going to full-sized Noah’s Ark! … that will get no closer to floating than the original mythical one.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Finally! I’ve been looking for a reason to go to Boise, and now I’ve got one. Too bad it’s got that Creation museum beside it.

  • dingojack

    Isn’t Ken Ham going out of business? Perhaps they could buy his pitch on the cheap. (If Kenny can’t make a profit, what makes you think you can, morans?)

    Dingo

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    BTW Sauropods had long periods of training from their mothers. Without that training they’d be neither ‘living a long time’ nor ‘reproducing more’.

  • John Pieret

    One of the comments at the linked news story:

    Kentucky: I’m dumber than you are! Idaho: What?? no you aint!

    A bright shiny new internet for “Mauritia”!

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Just what we need – not!

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ John Pieret : “Mauritia”

    Meaning Mauritius izzat?

    Dafuck has that near African island done to deserve that?

    Slaughtering all the poor ole Dodos aside?

  • Trebuchet

    Boise is Mormon country. Very much Mormon country. Perhaps they’d do better to have a museum of Mormon archaeology showing artifacts from the Israelites in North America. And a full scale replica of the boat they came over in, which I recall someone telling me is described in the BofM as having a hole in the top to let the air in, and a hole in the bottom to let the rainwater out.

  • John Pieret

    SteveR:

    That was just the nym of someone who made a funny remark. What s/he meant by it I haven’t a clue but ascribing the slaughter of dodos to him/her seems not far behind what the backers of this “museum” are doing.

  • colnago80

    Re dingojack @ #3

    I say ship Kenny boy back to Oz.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ 8. John Pieret : K.

    Did not realise that. Fair enuff.

  • dingojack

    SLC – Naw, let him build his own ark and sail here*. 😀

    Dingo

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    * well Manus Island anyway (if he’s not towed back across the Pacific and abandoned just outside the US’s territorial waters, that is)

  • Michael Heath

    Ed concludes:

    Add one more waste of perfectly good space [creation museum] to the list.

    Well yeah, but cemeteries waste far more space than creationist exhibits.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    Now that I think of it, who is the architect?

    Don’t tell me Jehovah. Somebody has to be on the paperwork who warrants that it won’t fall over. No religious exemption for that one.

    However, I assume they are not concerned with seaworthiness?

  • blf

    And a full scale replica of the boat they came over in, which I recall someone telling me is described in the BofM as having a hole in the top to let the air in, and a hole in the bottom to let the rainwater out.

    Ether 2:20 apparently says:

    And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou shalt make a hole in the top, and also in the bottom; and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air. And if it be so that the water come in upon thee, behold, ye shall stop the hole, that ye may not perish in the flood.

    The “boats” were apparently submersibles and could travel underwater. And the whole trip took about a year.

  • Al Dente

    And a full scale replica of the boat they came over in, which I recall someone telling me is described in the BofM as having a hole in the top to let the air in, and a hole in the bottom to let the rainwater out.

    So along with everything else he was ignorant about, Joseph Smith didn’t know that holes in the bottoms of boats are contraindicated since they not only let the rainwater out but let the seawater in.

  • D. C. Sessions

    However, I assume they are not concerned with seaworthiness?

    Only if it’s built next to Idaho’s coastline.

    Now, because of the mussel problem Idaho is very strict on the bilge-cleaning capabilities of anything that floats. The builders may have to convince the authorities that this Ark isn’t going to be transporting any molluscs, regardless of what they claim for Noah’s dinghy.

  • Scientismist

    An ark in Idaho? Makes perfect sense:

    Day after day, more people come to L.A.

    Ssh! Don’t you tell anybody the whole place is slipping away.

    Where can we go when there’s no San Francisco?

    Ssh! Better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho.

    Where can we go when there’s no San Diego?

    Ssh! Better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I wonder how many centuries it will take before you clowns wake up to yourselves.

  • lorn

    Hmmm … Noah going hand-to-hand with a grumpy mother … I would pay to see that.

    But given a tribe and spears and ropes it might be possible, these are people who constructed some big stuff.

    Of course, the limiting factor is not strong backs, weak minds, and gritty determination … its a problem of finding a time machine so they can go back in time and get the job done. The collective action and brute force needed to tackle a mother dinosaur is unlikely, but not impossible. Going back in time … that make the rest of the miracles in the Bible sound entirely plausible.

  • Pyra

    I wonder if the guy that hiked (yes, he was on foot) from one side of Kentucky to the other to visit the Creation M. will hike all the way to Idaho. There are a lot of deeply invested people out there. Though the thing is floundering, it hasn’t shut down, yet. And they apparently have a lot of security guards hired, from those that patronize the store in which I work.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “And they apparently have a lot of security guards hired, from those that patronize the store in which I work.”

    It’s the only way to keep the homoathevilutionists from stealing the evidence of GOD’s work.

  • abusedbypenguins

    “If you build it, they will come”, only a moron would take that to heart and actually build a money pit.

  • criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton,

    You got to admit there is one good thing about all these creation Museums. They give Comedians something to make fun of. Seriously without creationism, there would be no Jesus riding a dinosaur.

    http://images1.dailykos.com/i/user/151025/jesus-dinosaur_275w.jpg

    Or Jesus and his raptor!

    http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0/1/2/8/8/5/2/9/Jesus-Raptor-Dinosaur-40092994256.jpeg

    Not to mention Noah’s Ark Jokes!

    http://droogie.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c55aa53ef01156f179271970c-pi

  • criticaldragon1177

    Oh and speaking of mocking creationists and creationism, I forgot to mention Creationist Cat

    https://twitter.com/creationistcat

    He’s hilarious! I wouldn’t recommend his youtube channel to children through.