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So a group of paleontologists walk into a museum...

Unfortunately, there is no punchline. Turns out what visiting scientists at the North American Paleontological Convention in Cincinnati thought would be a lark by taking a side trip to Kentucky's Creationist Museum turned into a wave of disappointment, sadness and repulsion as the scientists realized just how far they have to go to counter the disinformation about evolution that many in the far Christian right are pushing.

Here are some of their reactions as reported by Agence France Presse:

Lisa Park of the University of Akron cried at one point as she walked a hallway full of flashing images of war, famine and natural disasters which the museum blames on belief in evolution. "I think it's very bad science and even worse theology -- and the theology is far more offensive to me," said Park, a professor of paleontology who is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

"I think there's a lot of focus on fear, and I don't think that's a very Christian message... I find it a malicious manipulation of the public."
"Daryl Domning, professor of anatomy at Howard University, held his chin and shook his head at several points during the tour. "This bothers me as a scientist and as a Christian, because it's just as much a distortion and misrepresentation of Christianity as it is of science," he said. "It's not your old-time religion by any means."

The 27 million dollar, 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-metre) museum which has been dubbed a "creationist Disneyland" has attracted 715,000 visitors since it opened in mid-2007 with a vow to "bring the pages of the Bible to life."

Why did I post this story to MicrobeWorld? Because I think it's important for every scientist from every discipline to be aware of the challenges facing science in America. Microbiology has some of the best examples that help support Darwin's theory of evolution. All you have to do is consider flagella, for example.

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  1. I had a 2 hr layover in Kentucky yesterday on my way to San Fran. Wish I had known. Could've experienced this "museum" in that time frame.

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