I know what you’re thinking: There’s just not enough to do in Washington, D.C. Yes, the Smithsonian. Yes, the White House. Yes, the Supreme Court. But what has D.C. done for me lately?!
That’s why you’ll be happy to know a yet-to-be-named Bible museum will open its doors in four years:
A sampling of the Bible museum’s offerings — from the collection of more than 40,000 artifacts — have been displayed in the Passages Exhibit at the Vatican and in Oklahoma City and Atlanta and will soon appear in Charlotte, N.C.
Summers said the traveling exhibit recreates at 80 percent scale the chamber of London’s Westminster Abbey where the King James Version of the Bible was written. A full-scale recreation is planned for the museum.
Maybe they can call that huge room the Hall of Biblical Contradictions and display this lovely poster (PDF):
Cary Summers, the chief operating officer of this museum, is a consultant to the Creation Museum. Which doesn’t lend him the credibility he seems to think it does. And he’s using the same line to promote the Bible museum as Ken Ham does to promote the Creation Museum:
Research they commissioned found that the general population was more willing to travel to the nation’s capital for a Bible-focused museum than the other two cities, Summers said.
“In reality, the population base within that eight-to-10 hour drive of D.C. represents half the U.S. or two-thirds and there’s a lot of Christians in that group,” he said Tuesday…
Here’s Ken Ham repeating the same damn thing on his own site:
… were you aware that almost two thirds of the U.S. population can drive to our Creation Museum in one day (up to 650 miles)?
It’s almost as if there are *lots* of big cities in America within a day’s driving distance of each other… Amazing how it just worked out like that.
One of the sponsors of this museum is Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green:
[Green] said the museum will feature the history, contents and influence of the Bible but will leave it up to visitors to decide whether to believe the holy book.
Riiiiight. I’m sure their displays will be perfectly nuanced, including commentary from Bible scholars who believe in what it says and those who don’t… maybe they’ll include the Jefferson Bible, too?!
To paraphrase one of the commenters at the Washington Post, this museum isn’t needed.
Washington D.C. already has buildings that promote works of fiction. They’re called libraries.
(Thanks to Andrew for the link!)