The Creation Museum Just Got Updated…

If you’ve ever visited the Creation Museum (as I have… twice… WTF?), then you no doubt remember the Hallway of Doom. This is the dark hallway with creepy red lighting and disturbing background noise… and a collage of magazine articles on the wall explaining what happens when God’s out of the picture and everyone is sinning because they’re having pre-marital sex and (*gasp*) learning about evolution:

Well, the Museum just got an update and Ken Ham is very excited about it:

I do praise the Lord for our diligent and talented Creation Museum design team. They do their best to keep things updated at the Creation Museum! We don’t want to be stale here. Recently, Cathy Henderson… updated the Graffiti Alley exhibit in the museum. Graffiti Alley is where we point out the negative effects that abandoning the authority of God’s Word has on the culture…

… Of course, we don’t say evolution causes social problems, but it can certainly fuel them, which we show in a new exhibit on the connection between racism and Darwinian thinking.

Actually, that’s not even the new update I’m referring to. This is:

The Wall o’ Sin now has magazine clippings about the Aurora shootings.

The shooting tragedy was a sobering reminder of the effects of sin and the resulting curse of death on the world. Indeed, all of Graffiti Alley is intended to teach and remind Christians that we live in a fallen world…

Thrilling. Everyone’s gonna turn to Jesus now…

This is really despicable thinking, suggesting that the shootings happened because, even though the killer was a churchgoer, he wasn’t the right kind of Genesis-accepting Christian. If only the rest of the world could be more like Ken Ham.

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  • Alexis

    Interesting how all of those holding weapons are all people of color while the mourners and bystanders are all white. You don’t think that Ken Ham might be a racist or promoter of racism, do you? Nahhh,  it’s surely just coincidence.

    • Gus Snarp

      Given that the two most recent shooters were white……Yeah, just a coincidence, I’m sure…

    • Sue Blue

      There are a lot of clues to Ken Ham’s racism in that tacky sideshow of a museum – not the least of which are the suspiciously European/caucasian-looking Adam and Eve characters in the dioramas.  Cavorting with the dinosaurs, these dark-haired but fair-skinned animatronic humans have European features.  Even pretending for a moment that the Genesis story is true – how do they know what Adam and Eve looked like?  How do they know they weren’t black or Asian or something?  Don’t at least some of the drooling faithful of non-white ancestry find this slightly insulting?  Or do they just not question anything?

      It doesn’t surprise me in the least that they manage to work in their favorite Christian tropes against gays and minorities in this Tunnel of Turds; what is amazing is how they manage to project all the failings of religion onto the secular world.

      • Lucilius

        I’ve been there, on PZ’s trip, and I noticed they seemed to have bought all their animatronic figures from the same supplier. In one exhibit they supposedly had (as I recall) “Moses,” “Isaiah” and “David” standing next to each other – all dressed in different outfits, but exactly the same body and face. And every one of them looked like Mel Brooks.

    • Owen

      Right square in the middle of the graphic is a pic of the white Aurora, CO shooter. Maybe you are seeing racism where there is none.

      • Alexis

        This picture is not square in the middle, it is small, it does not have any weapon displayed, and it shows him smiling genially. Unless you read the text, you have no indication who he is.

  • icecreamassassin

    This is getting to be beyond disgusting.  It’s getting harder and harder to accept that these people are actually human beings capable of thought and empathy.

  • melizer

    You know, the Colorado Batman Shooter may have been a churchgoer, but he got involved with SCIENCE!

    • Agnostic

      Some christian scientists also see that believe is make science possible and there is no conflict between science and religion. Isn’t that too sweeping a statement?

      • OregoniAn

         “Belief makes science possible?” Citation needed. Which “scientists” specifically said that and where did you read it? This is the wrong blog to be posting stuff you pull out of your ass Agnostic..

        • Agnostic

          Try YouTube. John Lennox is one of my favorite debators. I thought America’s a free country. And,..you don’t have to be rude. I hope not all atheists are like that. From what I gather from the website, there are plenty of digs against religions and attempt to link atheism to agnotism. So this site should be everyone’s interest.

  • Fargofan1

    They’re exploiting the tragedy.

    • Randomfactor

       That’s a sacrament.

  • Tom

    Wow, they added some fresh newspaper clippings.  No expense spared for the lord’s work.

    Does this fall under fair usage in copyright law?  I mean, it’s not like they actually wrote the articles or took the pictures they’re now using in their exhibit.  That they charge entry for.

    • Tom

      That’s on top of the whole ghoulish (and, no doubt, uncompensated) exploitation of the dead and mourning for their own agenda, of course.

  • Katie

    I am disturbed on so many levels right now.

  • Sioux

    Is ‘Ham’ is his real name?  It’s too much! He saw his daddy’s willy (Genesis 9:20-27) and his (dark skinned) sons have been cursed for this sin forever.  It can’t be easy being Ham and being raised to know you’re such a disgusting person that  your offspring will forever be servants of servants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775209902 Stephanie Thayer

    The world can quite certainly be an ugly place at times, but putting a bunch of scary news clippings on a wall is doing nothing but BANKING on people’s fears. It’s saying hey, for those Christians that may have an inkling of free thought or doubt, here’s what can happen. It’s  a great way of showcasing everything that’s bad in the world and blaming on it the idea that without “god”, this is what you get. Fear is certainly a good way of keeping your fellow Christians in line.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJB3I3DLRF5YPC3X4VNDWVF47I Renee

      I completely agree with you.  Fear is the basis of religion plain and simple.  Do “A” or bad things will happen to you.  How depressing…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

    Seung-Hui Cho, the VA Tech shooter on the left of the collage, wrote a letter to NBC news comparing himself to Jesus Christ.  Oops.

    Maybe they felt they had to refresh the wall because of the headline “Is Gay Marriage Next,” because clearly, it is next.

  • MartyM

    Classic scapegoating…

    “tragedies like this and natural disasters happen solely because of the relationship those people have or don’t have with God.  I have no responsibility for preparing for or preventing these events or any responsibility for their outcomes.”

    • Agnostic

      How true. How does anyone know whether those who started the museum are what they say they are. A spy will not declare himself a spy,an implant will not declare one either. That is the best way to do damage to the enemy. Then they can also be nut jobs who believe that they are the ones who have grasped the truth and want to let others know their version of what they see to be the truth.

  • Gus Snarp

    Why is it that this part of the museum is never on the billboards if they’re so proud of it? Oh right, because it’s a bait and switch.

  • Randomfactor

    They’re taking their cue from the Scientologists–except the Scienos blame the Eeebil Pskkkyatrists  for everything.

  • A3Kr0n

    Why do atheists go there and give them money?

    • Gus Snarp

      I believe they have free admission on certain days…

      • Golfie98

        That’d be a good slogan

        “Free Admission for Free Thinkers”

        • MATT DIXON

          Those who so adamantly demand “tolerance” are always so intolerant: homosexuals and atheist for example. Why are you people so angry at Christians and God?  Why do you go so far out of your way to attack them? Did anyone force you to go the the Museum? If you want tolerance then be tolerant. You think that your intellectual arguments are new and insightful but they have been the rants of “God-haters” since sin entered the world.
          While God offers you eternal life through His Son Christ Jesus, an act of overwhelming love, you mock Him for His guiding Word meant to keep you from death. But your man-based wisdom simply mocks Him as you march steadfastly to an eternal destination He never planned for you.
          Free-thinkers? Hardly. Your “slogans” are well documented in the Bible as are the results of your arrogance.

          • Myeckwaters

             Poor, poor oppressed Matt. I’d pray for you but I’m all out of iridium at the moment.

          • Golfie98

            I am not angry at your god – he doesn’t exist. I am angry at christians who try to socially engineer society to their beliefs and decry anyone else as intolerant for not wanting to toe the line. When you get it into your skull that you are entitled to your beliefs but you are not entitled to force the rest of us to live by your warped morality then I might be less angry. I can live and let live – can you?

            • LB

              God does exist.  And I am thankful that the Lord opened my eyes to see the truth and am no longer walking in darkness.  I am thankful that He has saved me to eternal life with Him.  I pray that He opens your eyes to see the truth. If not, you will be doomed to eternal life in hell, where the worm never dies.  Those banished to hell will be given a new body, but one fit for eternal damnation where that body will NEVER DIE.  A place where souls and bodies are in constant pain, punishment, misery with no way to escape, for all of eternity.  May the Holy Spirit give you understanding.  God’s Word is truth and it will never pass away. 

              • Golfie98

                Evidence please?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/47IDX2QAR6VU6ZAILFU6I23ACQ Joseph

             Hey, Matt: Why do all you Christians hate Zeus so much?

  • LesterBallard

    I loathe these pieces of shit.

  • Edmond

    Someone tell this fool that this is NOT going to keep his “museum” from going stale.  REAL museums avoid that by actually posting ongoing updates in the arts or sciences that they feature.  They contribute to those updates, by conducting their own on-site research.  These updates track the change and progress evident in a particular field.

    Creationism doesn’t change or progress.  There aren’t any advances in the field.  This “museum” doesn’t conduct any research, or provide any updates or innovations of its own.  The message 2000 years ago was the same message 1000 years ago, or in 1492, or 1950.

    This is the definition of staleness.

    • The Other Weirdo

       And more importantly, it’ll be exactly the same in the year 4012. Assuming it’s standing.

  • Anonymous

    Newest exhibit sponsored by the Westboro Baptist Church.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    I can envision sometime in the future were the creation museum is kept open and run by a truly secular society as a real museum about this strange and perverse belief system that once existed in the world – that of biblical irrerancy and creation belief.  The future museum curators wouldn’t really need to change anything.  The future visitors would look at the displays and marvel at what crazy things people used to believe.

  • Margaret Whitestone

    I wonder why the wall isn’t peppered with pictures of people like Scott Roeder and Eric Rudolph.   

  • oambitiousone

    Yes, let’s eradicate evolution and homosexuals because the Bible was one long, peaceful, hippie commune experience.

     

    • Agnostic

      ….fantasizing or wishing that the fantasy of some others were true. Does that make you feel like participating?

  • Alconnolly

    Well at least they are e evolving. Amiright people?

  • http://www.travismamone.net/ Travis Mamone

    Well, I’m a Christian, and I believe in evolution, so does that mean I have to . . . ?

    Nah!

    In fact, if Richard Dawkins right about how we all share similar DNA traits, making all humans and animals cousins, as Dawkins puts it, then that means evolution should teach us to be more compassionate towards all living beings, right?

  • kaydenpat

    Even though I’m a Christian, I cannot imagine what I’d be doing in the Creation Museum.  Mr. Ham and his ilk are way too conservative for my liking.  Instead of a museum, he should have just opened up a church where he could preach his dogma.

    • Barkster

      Doesn’t sound like you are a Christian.  Really?  Not interested in a Creation Museum? Dogma?  Maybe you should read Genesis.  It is how God created the earth in 7 days if you didn’t know. 


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