Even though we know there are often inaccuracies in most secular articles reporting on Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, or the creation/evolution conflict, an article by Cincinnati columnist Dan Hurley is one of the most inaccurate we’ve seen in the American media. The article stated:
The relationship of science, religion and politics has never been obvious or simple, and with the opening next month of the new Creation Museum in Boone County, Ky., Greater Cincinnati finds itself at the center of a very old struggle Despite our love for technological gadgets and the lip service we pay to the importance of science, an increasing number of Americans don't want their children exposed to science. A 2005 Gallup poll found that while 35 percent of Americans think evolution is "a scientific theory supported by data," nearly 45 percent believe that the world was created in six days as described in the Bible. Since the 1980s, a powerful confluence of evangelical fundamentalist Christianity and right-wing politics has focused on challenging science education in the schools and via informal educational institutions like science museums. The influence of this uniquely American alliance was noted in a November 2005 article in the London Times, which pointed out that the new $25 million Creation Museum, which presents creationism as a science, had attracted over $7 million in corporate donations. At the same time, the exhibit on Charles Darwin at the American Museum of Natural History in New York could not raise a single corporate dollar because of fear of offending evangelical Christians and conservative politicians.AiGs chief communications officer wrote a letter to the editor of the Cincinnati Post pointing out a number of the errors. The following is just a portion of Mark’s letter that relates to the section of the column quoted above (I have included the link below so you can read the entire article, which has many other errors in it).
The April 27 column about our Creation Museum and the evolution/creation controversy was surprising not just for its many inaccuracies and misrepresentations, but also for the fact that the historian who wrote the piece broke his own profession's cardinal rule: historians should use primary sources to make their case, not rely on secondary (usually less-reliable) sources of information. If the author, for example, would have simply called and asked us (a primary source) for background on a piece he was writing about us and our museum, he probably would not have made the following glaring errors and misrepresentations:You can read the entire Cincinnati Post article online.
- The author regurgitated the myth that the Creation Museum has received $7 million of its $27 million in corporate donations. His source was not us, but an inaccurate British article written in 2005. The columnist was attempting to show that corporations will give to our Creation Museum but won’t support secular evolution-promoting museums, for fear that potential visitors would object to the evolutionary content and not come.
- The only corporate donation we could uncover in the past year was merely $800 (not including matching gifts, where a corporate employee would send the museum a donation and the company would match it -- these donations are typically in the hundreds of dollars, certainly not millions!).
- A Google check of several major science museums would reveal that those hosting evolution exhibits have corporate sponsors.
- There was the author's concern that nearly 45 percent [of Americans] believe that the world was created in six days as described in the Bible. Apparently, he did not read the Gallup poll for himself, for if he had, he would have read that the question was actually about when the first humans appeared on earth. Almost 45% said they believed it could have been within the past 10,000 years. That still leaves open the possibility that respondents believed in a very old universe and that evolution occurred for millions of years before the first people appeared. The poll had nothing to do with the six days of creation.
I have included three photographs of construction going on at the Creation Museum. Please pray we get this finished in time (and pray for good weather for the outside construction still to be completed).
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