Creation Museum opens

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Me, I'm totally down with evolution. I'm all for the whole science thing, especially since I've seen it in action. Not everyone is, however, and that's cool. There are plenty of schools, museums, and universities where you can learn about evolution, cosmology, and so on, but what if you're more into the alternatives, specifically the judeo-christian creation stories as related in the bible? With the collapse of Kent Hovind's Dinosaur Adventure Land, what's a creationist family to do?

Well, there's good news for you. This past weekend, a new Creation Museum opened to the public near Cincinnati. "Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life." At this museum, there are murals, computer-generated visual effects, and both human and dinosaur animatronics strolling about together, just as they did back in Fred and Barney's time.

The museum was built and sponsored by the organization Answers in Genesis, an organization dedicated to "providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis." Not everyone is a fan, however. Dr. Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, for example, noted that "Teachers don't deserve a student coming into class saying 'Gee Mrs. Brown, I went to this fancy museum and it said you're teaching me a lie.'"

Personally, I don't think I'll be taking my kids there any time soon, but as my mother used to say, "'Chaque a son gout,' the lady said as she kissed the cow." (I apologize for the poor punctuation and no, it never made sense to me either growing up.)

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