That was enlightening and informative. It’s always good to know first-hand what the other side is talking about (so we’re not accused of taking them out of context). The project worked because the agents were educated (so they knew bullshit when they heard it) and good communicators (so their reports were very thorough and they made me feel like I was there).
Now, I’d like to do it again.
Ken Ham, the guy behind the Creation Museum, and his group Answers in Genesis are running an “Apologetics Mega Conference.” Speakers include a whole assortment of people who believe in Young Earth Creationism.
It takes place in Northern Kentucky July 18th–22nd, 2011. That’s a Monday through Friday.
I want you to go there. I want you to tell us what they say (especially when it’s so demonstrably untrue). I want to know how they’re indoctrinating children. I want to know what else you see and hear over the course of the week.
However, I realize this is a big commitment.
What I’m hoping is that there may be a couple of you who live nearby and would consider doing this anyway. Maybe you’re just curious about what goes on at one of these conferences or you’re a college student looking for something interesting to do this summer.
If you’re willing to write about your experience for this site, I’ll cover the cost of your registration. In fact, I’ll cover registration for two of you (so you can have an ally there).
You’d go, takes notes during the day, and send me reports at night. I would edit them for clarity and post them here. You can do this using your real name or anonymously.
Remember: I don’t want people to go there to start a fight mid-lecture or embarrass some random attendee. You’re not even there to protest what you hear. I want people to go there so they can tell the world about this group’s warped version of reality. You’re there to report what they say when they’re in a room full of “their own kind.”
Again, I know it’s asking a lot. But if this is the sort of thing you’re curious about, perhaps this is the nudge you need to make it happen. I can’t cover hotel/flight costs, but if you’re in the area, this may be perfect for you.
Just email me if you’re interested… I’d be happy to answer your questions.