Bil Browning

One step forward: Two steps back

Filed By Bil Browning | April 18, 2007 4:14 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Christian beliefs, creationism, fundamentalists, Indiana, science

Isn't life in Indiana great? You just can't do much but shake your head in disbelief. After all, science is the breeding ground of liberals...

Maybe next we'll be able to pass those "No working on the Sabbath" and "Don't divorce her - Stone her!" laws local fundies are sure to start pushing...

We're bleeding jobs, driving on shitty roads, bickering over a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in spite of already having existing laws preventing it--y'know, just to make really, really sure Teh Gayz can't get hitched, ZOMG, and we're no doubt even closer to the bottom of every state-ranking list, from scholastic achievement to availability of comprehensive reproductive healthcare service, than we were before Bush's former budget hack, Mitch "The Blade" Daniels became the Worst. Governor. Evah. (And, yes, Florida and Texas--it's actually true; he's worse than yours.)

But, on the upside, we're getting our very own creation science museum. Yayyyyyyyy!

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I wouldn't sweat it too much. Its in a tiny podunk town, its not like its a state sanctioned expansion of the Childrens Museum or anything.

Believe it or not, when I was growing up in rural southern Indiana in the 70's, there was an atheist in town (yes, we actually had one) and he even had his own small museum debunking the creationist theory and offering a scientific explanation. I doubt that its still there, but I'd like to think the two museums balance each other out, we were just ahead of our time. :)

Hey - at least they'll have more in town than the old car museum... I just have to wonder though after looking over the site if this will even get off the ground. It's hard to raise enough money to open a museum - especially in the Middle of Nowhere, Indiana.

Bil, do you mean the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg museum? I was raised up that way and Auburn's a good 45 minutes from Ligonier. Not that there aren't many, many nutjobs in Auburn, but so far none that have tried anything like this. :)

As for getting it off the ground: The Noble County Tourism Bureau is treating this like a *big* thing, and (deliberately) glossing over the creationism aspect of the place. My old employer even merited a 'thank you' on the contributors page. I shudder to think...

Eh, it gives the local construction workers employment and others to run it (I assume there is a gift shop included). Besides, a kick in the pants to scientists to do a better job of reaching the common person is needed and something like this may be just the trick. Many times they get all "high-brow" that your average joe doesn't know what the heck they are talking about.