There is delusion and there there is delusion that costs a heck of a lot of money. One Creationist museum is too many (in Kentucky) and it shows. The museum is short on visitors and has a floundering Ark project. Now, Idaho decides that it’s more conservative than Kentucky and builds another monument to antiscience.
The Northwest Science Museum’s board of directors has big plans here in one of America’s most conservative states — where the population is more than 80% white, the electorate voted for a Republican president in the last seven elections and prayer is top of mind.
When the group finally raises the necessary $150 million, its members plan to erect a 350,000-square-foot facility with a full-sized ark that will rise above Interstate 84 somewhere between Boise and Nampa.
Lutz and Executive Director Douglas J. Bennett say their museum, which opened in June, is different from the dozen or so others dedicated to Creation Week across the country.
Like Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History or the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, its website says, the Northwest Science Museum will focus on natural history — but presented from a biblical point of view and dedicated to the belief “that creation science can explain the evidence we see in the world around us and that it is not just religion.”
What a joke. A depressing joke. To claim such a ridiculous premise is insulting to educated people in Idaho – every teacher, doctor, computer programmer, pharmacist, dentist, farmer, etc. who do what they do thanks to the progress of scientific research. Idaho and American society in general is privileged because of scientific advances. To make a mockery out of what we know about the world and life in it is a disgrace. The Bible is not a science book (or even a history book, at that). It does not matter how much of the local population is conservative Christian, just how many times can they pay to visit one place? The original Creation Museum is publicly floundering with funding no matter what sorts of gimmicks they have to add to attempt to increase attendance. This is just all around stupid to add another Bible-based side show.
To quote Bill Nye, the Science Guy, “the country will fall behind other nations who do educate their kids in real science rather than the pseudoscience of creationism” because learning a fantasy isn’t going to help us prepare, innovate, and, ironically, create what we need to solve problems in order to prosper the 21st century.