‘Creation Science Hall of Fame’ Set to Open in Kentucky

What’s even more shocking is that it has no affiliation with the Creation Museum or the Ark Encounter theme park (though Ken Ham is one of the “living inductees”):

“We honor these people, not because we believe everything they say, but because they made critical contributions to creation science and to the explanation of the Genesis story,” [secretary/treasurer Terry] Hurlbut said. “In Ken Ham’s case, he popularized it and brought it to the masses.”

He estimates the organization will need to raise between $2 million and $3 million to begin construction. The group will consider vacant land as well as the renovation of an existing site for the museum.

The museum will focus on biographical exhibits featuring individuals rather than historical artifacts.

As if there were historical artifacts…

One interesting note: Between all the deceased inductees, the living inductees, and the honorable mentions, I can’t find a single woman on the list. (So congratulations to all women!)

The most telling quotation might be this one:

“We want a biographical museum to remind people that this is not a new idea,” Hurlbut said.

He’s right. It’s an old idea. One that never gets revised even in the wake of mountains of evidence proving it wrong.

The Vortex of Ignorance is set to open within five years.

(via Christian Nightmares)

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  • Hemlock Tea

    Maybe they can induct “Dr.” Georgia Purdom for thetoken female…

  • Jose

    “Vortex of Ignorance”
    Consider that stolen.

  • http://twitter.com/AssassinGrl Assassin Grrrl

    I’d like to believe the lack of women was due to most women being intelligent enough not to fall for that crap, but it’s more likely because the bible prohibits women from “teaching” men.

  • Octoberfurst

     Just more idiocy on the part of the creationists. >sigh<

  • Xeon2000

    Kentucky. The Creationism State.

  • clp

    It must be terribly frustrating and embarrassing to be an intelligent, educated person in Kentucky.

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

    There’s a long way between “set to open” and needing to raise several million dollars.  Just looking at the few photos up there, I think they’d have trouble finding Ham-approved biographies to sell in their gift shop.  What on earth would the exhibits consist of?  Even Creationist investors like to see some plans for stuff that will draw in the rubes.

  • Michael

    That reminds me.  Shouldn’t we be building a museum for all of those  who have moved forward the idea of a flat earth.  It is, after all, an old idea…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

    Love this on their website:

    “We will never ask anyone whether they wish us to induct them.”

    So… if you’re intelligent and did anything remotely useful to their cause, you could end up in their “hall of fame” without your consent.  Nice.  Not surprising, though… they don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone or anything but forcing their god down the collective throats of everyone on earth.

  • clp

    My own cousin is a Ph.D. in some form of engineering, a truly brilliant man, and he is a believer. How does that possibly happen and make sense?

    Massive compartmentalization.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351473675 Matthew Baker

     From my understanding engineers are a little more likely to religious/creationist since they tend to see the world from a design stand point.

  • MargueriteF

    Seems like an awful lot of money for something that sounds like a giant snooze, even for Creationists. What’s going to draw in the paying customers? There are no dinosaurs, no arks, nothing cool at all. I’d be surprised if they could actually raise the money for something that seems so dull.

  • kagekiri

    Seriously. Just  sharing the same  continent and general culture with fundamentalists is embarrassing and  frustrating. Living in close proximity with fundie-central must be magnitudes worse.

  • kagekiri

    Yeah, it’s a weak “pro” when the reason behind it was mostly generalized sexism and discrimination against women in higher education and research.

  • kagekiri

    As someone who was a creationist while earning his bachelor’s in engineering, yeah.

    If you practice compartmentalization and a trained-from-youth distrust in “secular” (read: DECEPTIVE  & WORLDLY) scientists, and an ability to shut down doubting thoughts and ignore dissonance also similarly cultivated in Christian youth, and it’s not so hard to make it happen.Eventually, you just assume the secularists are lying about  anything to do with your religion (and Creationism counts for literalists), and you’ve already long ago silenced anything leading to your questioning of religion coming out of your own head. The truth can’t get through that kind of brainwashing on its own in most cases I’ve seen.

  • Ggsillars

    It’s not every oxymoron that gets to have its own hall of fame.

  • Marco

    I find it hard to share the same planet. Imagine sharing the same city block

  • jdm8

    If the Noah’s Ark project can’t find money to finish it, then where is the money going to come from for this?

  • http://autfn.wordpress.com/ Rock Strongo

    Yeah I live less than 15 miles from the creation museum and it can definitely be frustrating and embarrassing to live in this state.  Especially when the Ark Encounter was announced and now this.  I’ve had friends go to the museum to mock and joke about how dumb it is but I refuse to go and give Answers in Genesis any money.  The worst thing is when I traveled and say I’m from Northern KY, on two separate occasions been asked about The Creation Museum as a landmark of this area.  It can definitely be frustrating.

  • http://chaoskeptic.blogspot.com Rev. Ouabache

    Is that Sir Isaac Newton on the far right of that picture? I wonder if they realize that Newton had some very unorthodox beliefs that would get him kicked out of almost every modern Christian church.

  • Aaron Scoggin

    I saw “Creation” and “Science” next to each other. I’m going to hurl.

  • Agnostic

    Are old ideas always bad ideas? When I was young I thought my parents old and foolish. When I grew up and had children of my own, I realized how foolish I was when I was young. As one gets older and hopefully wiser, one may start to realize that what one think was foolish may be wise. Inflexibility of thought is often a result of a closed mind. Realization that one’s own wisdom is not infinite is the beginning of clarity of thought, so say I.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Evans/100000619020207 David Evans

    A very old idea about the material world is likely to be wrong, because it was formed in advance of most of the relevant evidence. That’s particularly true of creationism, but also of other ideas. Would you trust an ancient Greek map of the Earth?