This will never get old: Rational people visiting the Creation Museum for the first time and just being appalled by what they see…:
… the Museum makes no attempt to explain what evolution is. It does not merely underrepresent science — presumably all museums have to simplify matters for the general public — but instead deliberately sows confusion. Hence the Museum speaks of the “evolution” of animals, planets, the universe and coal, as if they’re all the same thing. When scientists speak about “evolution” in the creation versus evolution “debate,” they’re talking about random genetic mutation and then natural selection among living things; obviously this doesn’t apply to planets or coal. To my knowledge, neither random mutation nor natural selection was mentioned at all. A visitor at the Creation Museum will become accustomed to that kind of experience: the Museum takes something “scientific” (rival interpretations of data), pretends to do it better than conventional science, and ends up presenting a thinly veiled perversion.
It’s easy to forget your first time hearing fundamentalist Christian beliefs or seeing them in action — you see them so often these days, you get used to it. It becomes easier to dismiss and ignore. But we can’t forget how many people think this way. They need to be confronted. We can’t stop pointing out how ridiculous their beliefs are.
Do you remember your first exposure to religious fundamentalism? What was it? How did you react?
(Thanks to Jonny for the link!)