“When they try to confuse [kids] about what is science and what isn’t science, scientists have an obligation to speak out. There’s no doubt these are documented lies.”
— Lawrence Krauss, author and a physics professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, about Ken Ham’s new museum which portrays man and dinosaur living side by side.
The $27 million dollar Creation Museum, which opens on Memorial Day at its 60,000-square-foot location in Petersburg, KY is the fundie answer to evolution. It features animatronic dinos, and a replica of Noah’s Ark.
Founder Ken Ham, the head of Answers in Genesis, sees this as a balance to what is being taught in schools and that his critics just need to visit the the museum before passing judgment on its historical accuracy. Educators aren’t waiting around to say what they think of the museum after it’s open.
Krauss has signed one of two petitions circulated by national groups that challenge the facility’s exhibits…One petition, started by the Campaign to Defend the Constitution, says the museum is part of a “campaign by the religious right to inject creationist teachings into science education.”
Krauss said about 2,000 educators have signed the petition. A second petition from the National Center for Science Education attracted support from nearly 600 university professors. It says there are “scientifically inaccurate” exhibits at the museum.
Ken Ham steps up for his honorary doctorate from Liberty University, presented to him by Chancellor Jerry Falwell and President John Borek on May 7, 2007. (h/t stinkeye @ Jesus’ General)