BBC News: “Who Goes to a Creationist Museum?”

on June 20, 2009
Featured in News to Know

BBC News: “Who Goes to a Creationist Museum?” Just a few weeks after the Creation Museum’s second anniversary, the BBC asks, “So who goes to America’s biggest and best attended creationist museum and why?” (We could have answered, but they didn’t ask us!)

Jackson not only gets the facts right; he does so without any apparent malice.

The BBC’s Peter Jackson starts off by reviewing the basics: what the Creation Museum has, where it is, and who’s behind it. “As museums go, the Creation Museum in Petersburg is not short on attractions,” he concludes.

Jackson not only gets the facts right; he does so without any apparent malice. Articles like this put a smile on our collective face. It’s encouraging to read a journalist who is able to put personal thoughts (whatever they may be) aside long enough to objectively report the basics, which is often not the case with British journalists who visit the museum and report (mockingly) about us.

Jackson then turns to four Creation Museum visitors—all creationists—who each give their reasons for visiting:

  • Dan Schoonmaker, 26, from Alabama—“I’m a creationist in training, I don't really go to church but I'm curious about Genesis. . . . I personally don’t know, but natural selection seems to be the only thing people go on [to support evolution].”
  • Robert Mailloux, 68, from Colorado—“The Bible says God created the Earth in six days and we flat believe that. [Darwinism is] not even a low-grade hypothesis.”
  • Laurie Geesey, 57, and her husband, Richard, from Wisconsin—“I believe the Earth is around 5,500 years old. If you don’t believe in Genesis, you don’t believe in anything else.”
  • Scott Rubin, 42, from Illinois—“What I do know is God's changed my life. I believe God created the world in six days, I do believe that. It makes sense why people believe in evolution, especially if they’ve not had the encounter with Jesus I’ve had.”

Next, Jackson asks what “creationists make of the scientific evidence that claims to undermine their theories.” However, he seems to misstep by mentioning Ida as one such evidence when, in fact, even evolutionists were skeptical about Ida’s significance. He concludes by quoting an excerpt of what we originally said about Ida back on May 16: “Because the fossil is similar to a modern lemur, it’s unlikely creationists need any interpretation of the ‘missing link’ other than it was a small, tailed, probably tree-climbing, and now extinct primate from a kind created on Day Six of Creation Week.”

For years now, News to Note has been quoting the BBC. It’s nice that they returned the favor!

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