A New Creation

Another Creation museum in Kentucky? Why not!

If the dream of a New Jersey group comes to fruition there could be another creationist attraction located in Northern Kentucky.

Founders of the Creation Science Hall of Fame, which now exists only as a website, would like to develop a brick-and mortar structure along Interstate 75.

“When we have the funds, we would like to locate on the highway, about halfway between the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter,” said Terry Hurlbut, secretary/treasurer of the group. “What better place to locate than between these two attractions? We envision that as people fly or drive in to see them, we will be a stop along the way.”

“When we have the funds …” I’ve worked for a number of museums whose ambitions were greater than their endowment. It’s not pretty. Given the fact that the Ark Encounter theme park may never see the light of day, I would be very cautious on Mr. Hurlbut’s part. Those other museums may help your attendance, but most museums can’t keep the lights on just from the proceeds from ticket sales. They will all be competing for a limited pool of fund-raising donations, and I doubt they’ll see too many government grants.

Plus, there’s something sad about thinking of yourself as a stop-over between the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. It’s like setting up your museum next to the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota in hopes of catching some of their run-off.

Incidently, who will be in their Hall of Fame?

The list includes Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Samuel F.B. Morse, Louis Pasteur and George Washington Carver.

Living inductees include Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum.

“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,” Hurlbut said. “In Ken Ham’s case, he popularized it and brought it to the masses.”

I can’t think of anything worse than having to suck up to Ham from the very beginning.

  • vasaroti

    I had a look at their site, and I don’t think there’s enough material to justify a museum. Some “inductees” would be represented only by one paragraph, as nothing aside from one pious comment had anything to do with the age of the earth, origin of species, etc. Nobody wants to pay admission fees to see a plaque on the wall.

    I suggest they go for something a bit more interactive, like the tower of Babel, the flight from Egypt, etc.

    • Yoav

      If AiG ever get their magic boat theme park up and running they can built a “watching Noah set sail” atraction, visitors will go into a theater and watch a film showing Noah closing the hatches to the ark and as the rain start the room will start filling with water and visitors can have a genuine experience of what it was like being drowned by a loving and merciful god.
      If Ken Ham or anyone else from AiG is reading this, $1,000,000 and the idea is yours.

  • http://bunnystuff.wordpress.com/ Jaimie

    They made critical contributions to creation science? Is that an earthquake or are they all rolling in their graves?

  • Vander Goten

    Homo unius libri….The man of one book is dangerous, even if it was not in this sense that this latine sentence (attributed to Thomas Aquinas) was taken…

  • http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/ PsiCop

    Concerning the idea that the Genesis story needs to be explained and spread to the masses … I’d always thought that one of the Creationists’ chief arguments is that the Genesis story is divine, is utterly true, and is basically self-teaching. That is … you read Genesis, believe what it says, and that’s the end of it. If that’s true, what could there be about it to “explain,” and what need would there be to “spread” it?

    • trj

      You forget the wicked, spiteful people who sow doubt about the Bible using science, critical thought, and similar dirty tricks. Creationists need protagonists like Ken Ham and Kent Hovind to lead any misled Christians back to the truth, so they can accept without reservations that Adam and Eve really existed, T. Rexes used their teeth for opening coconuts, and what have you.

  • http://peternothnagle.com Peter N

    Maybe after he dies, this museum can have Ken Ham’s body plastinated and put on display. I’d pay to see that!

  • Keulan

    As if it isn’t moronic enough to have one Creation “museum” in Kentucky. Now they might end up having two? Ugh, it’s like they’re trying to turn that state into a monument to human stupidity.

    • UrsaMinor

      Every state needs a hobby to keep it busy, especially the flyover ones like Kentucky. If it’s busy collecting creationist museums to amuse itself, that means it’s not making war on Ohio.

      • Kodie

        Kentucky needs a baseball team.

        • UrsaMinor

          I think a Quidditch team would be more fun, but I doubt that Kentucky would have any truck with a satanically-inspired sport like that.

          • Kodie

            Although having a major league sports team can be divisive and exceptionalizing, it does keep people occupied on a pastime others share. It gives them choices and, although it introduces superstitions, I think they are all in compartmentalized fun. People feel passionately about their local sports and forget about other things. I don’t know what everyone in the midwest does for sports. I wonder how particularly they choose among Kansas City, Chicago, Milwaukee, Houston or Dallas. In “almost Vermont, NY” I have some idea they root for the Red Sox, which is strange to me, but I could guess people in Kentucky, aka “real ‘murrka” do follow our National Pastime but maybe they need their own team; meanwhile spending all their money on this Creationist bullshit. Quidditch, what the hell is that. I think it would hard to get a lot of enthusiasm if there are no other teams to play. He can’t hit he can’t hit he can’t hit – just doesn’t have a lot of meaning to the non-existent opposing team.

            Another idea is to “mission” ourselves to places like Kentucky like Christians mission to 3rd world countries. They need outside help getting current.

            • Sunny Day

              You’ll also run into the same problem of the natives killing and eating you.


            • Kodie

              Just put up a revival tent and have a decent rap, and they’ll pretty much believe anything you tell them.

          • Kodie
            • UrsaMinor

              Harvard is working extra hard to overcome its stodgy image, I see.

            • Kodie

              That looks kind of stodgy to me.

            • UrsaMinor

              Well, it is Harvard…

        • Noelle

          The middle states really like their college sports, especially football and basketball. They are also overly excited about high school sports.

          As for non-sports related hobbies, Kentucky already has caves and mountains, and bourbon. Not sure why it needs creation as an extracurricular too. Over-achiever?

          • UrsaMinor

            I’ve been to Kentucky several times. Scenic, once you get away from the populated parts, but “Over-achiever” is not a word I would use in the same sentence as its name.

          • Kodie

            Don’t forget the horse racing. A friend has informed me Kentucky would almost certainly root for the Cincinnati Reds, which I forgot to list.

  • Michael

    I want to build a natural history museum in that area with a large exhibit on Creationist stupidity.

    It too would feature Ken Ham.

  • Paul

    At least so far they aren’t asking for government funding or to place the museum in the state capital.

    I also guess that nobody told them that since the construction of the interstate highways that little roadside features such as the world’s biggest ball of yarn, world’s biggest bottle of ketchup or silly religious sites don’t draw many folks off the highways. People, even the stupid new earth types seem to be in too much of a hurry to go to these places anymore.

  • 100meters

    Gee, Ursa, there are lots of “trucks” in Kentucky. Okay, sorry.