01 December 2008

What a bunch of turkeys.

I would like to thank my friend Jason for giving me something to be indignant about on this otherwise quiet Monday morning.

Apparently the Cincinnati Zoo has entered into a joint marketing agreement with the Creation Museum, and the two entities are selling "combo tickets" to get into both for one price.

(UPDATE! Monday, 3:25 pm, EST. Wow, that was fast. The promotion has been pulled due to public outcry. Most of what I said here still applies though, sans the Zoo-boycotting part.)

A lot of things came to mind when I first read this:
  1. Maybe the Zoo was enchanted by the live nativity at the Creation Museum.
  2. OMG! Thayne Maynard is a crazy Christian!
  3. Is this a joke, or maybe a blog rumor gone wrong?
  4. Seriously though ... WHAT were they THINKING?
Unfortunately that last one is a bit hard to answer. Mainly because entering into any agreement with the Creation Museum requires a certain lack of thinking. Either you believe that the Earth has been around for billions of years, OR you don't. Either you believe that dinosaurs walked the Earth millions of years ago, as evidenced by the carbon dating of their fossilized bones found in the ground, OR you think that they hung out with Adam and Eve 5000 years ago (cough cough Sarah Palin cough cough). Either you agree with all known scientific teachings about biology, or you don't.

This is what has always struck me as completely incomprehensible about fundamentalist Christians. From what I understand, they take the Bible at face value, rather than interpreting it as a series of lessons or instructive stories, if you will; and then, often, but not always, they try to force these views on everyone else. Sometimes it comes in the form of seemingly innocuous entities like the Creation Museum, which I have no intentions of ever giving money to (and don't need to, thanks to Clair). But it's really more insidious than that. Their rejection of science, and their propagation of fairly ludicrous concepts presented in the Bible is, to me, not unlike the strict adherence to the Koran practiced by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The difference, thankfully, is that the Bible's 10 Commandments list "do not kill" amongst them, or else the fundamentalist Christians might go around killing and terrorizing for their cause like the Taliban. But do fundamentalist Christians still believe in slavery, as the Bible says? Or in stoning people who commit adultery? And how about those Mormons out in Utah with their multiple wives, just like the dudes in the Bible? Has anyone asked them lately, how closely they follow the Bible? Or should we just wait for the "Old Testament Museum" and exhibits devoted to the oppression of women to pop up?

I like to believe that most fundamentalist Christians are well-meaning, if misguided, people. But I'm a science nerd and frankly I'm going to side with my fellow science nerds pretty much all the time. And in this case, that means boycotting the Cincinnati Zoo. (And Utah, too.) C'est la vie.

On a side note ... I like animals enough to eat them, as I did with a turkey that I helped prepare on Thanksgiving a few days ago. Turkeys, as most of us are aware, are probably descendents of pterodactyls, which were giant flying creatures from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods millions of years ago. Our turkey was 12 pounds and was only scary-looking after we carved it:


liz said...

oh my god, this is the funniest thing i have ever heard of! i am so sad the deal isn't on... i have been wanting to go to the creation museum and laugh at the crazies, but i refuse to pay for it.

Clair said...

Happy to take one for the team. I still have nightmares about that "museum."