The school, Blue Ridge Christian Academy in Landrum, S.C., put out a press release saying that the publicity from the quiz caused an influx of donations that will help the school stay open.
The controversy comes in the midst of major financial struggles that BRCA is experiencing. The academy is endeavoring to raise $200,000 in order to maintain a budget that allows the school to move forward into the 2013-14 school year.
The media attention has brought awareness of the school reaching from the upstate of South Carolina, throughout the US and into over 70 countries around the world. Donations have been given ranging in amounts from $1 – $1000. Encouraging notes and emails have poured in from around world to offset the thousands of hateful comments that are not only circulating the internet and Facebook, but also direct mail, emails and phone calls to the school.
While this may be annoying that they can continue to promote such nonsense, Hemant Mehta makes a good point:
It doesn’t bother me in the least since I assumed they were already flush with cash. They’re Creationists supported by Ken Ham — it’s not like their donors have anywhere else to go.
But since the BRCA doesn’t mention exactly how much they’ve taken in in donations, I’m tempted to assume it’s a relatively low amount and this press release is really about them playing defense after being throughly embarrassed on a national scale.
Indeed. This is not particularly “good news” for them. There will always be supporters for this type of anti-science thinking. The bad press outweighed the good. Is it a fair portion of schools that do this? Probably not. Truth shall overcome ignorance, I think. But let’s not get complacent. Strong science education and POSITIVE attitudes towards science is the key to progress in our technological society. Science will help us solve the problems of the future. Learning fairy tales does not compare.