Skip to comments.Creation Museum Creates Discomfort For Some Visitors
Posted on 08/23/2010 4:50:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
...a new analysis argues that for people already alienated by religious fundamentalism, the museum can be a painful reminder of discrimination and isolation.
The study, presented Sunday at the American Sociological Association meeting in Atlanta, took place over three in-depth visits to the museum over a year and a half. Bernadette Barton, a professor of sociology at Morehead State University in Kentucky, toured exhibits, attended museum lectures, observed museum guests and led a student field trip to the museum.
In her analysis, she argues that despite the museum's mission to reach out to believers and skeptics alike, the Creation Museum can be uncomfortable for non-fundamentalist visitors.
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If this "study" looks like a giant smoking load of manure to you, well, you're not alone. This is great timing as well -- as the Ground Zero Mosque garners near-universal support among academics and government-dole 'researchers' such as the author of this screed, it's particularly mean-spirited and insulting.
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bump for the spectacle
Bwwwaaahhhhaaahhhaaa! They might get their feelings hurt? Wonder how they’ll feel when Revelation happens?
Well for all of their trials, the Morehead group did, if nothig else, get out of Morehead for a day.
What a load of crapola. “Complusary Christianity”... BS.
They reserved the right to kick trouble makers off the premises.
What a bunch of whiny left-wing garbage. And I say that as someone who disagrees with the message of the museum itself.
But look, this leftist retard has finally topped the 6000-year-old earth theory. She’s come up with something even LESS scientific!
Leave it to a leftist!
In any sociology class, students are reminded that researcher should respect his/her subjects’ point of view. Usually, professors use Margaret Mead (who studied Samoan people in mid 20th century) as an example of how her ‘White middle class’ background influenced her writings. This sociologist does exactly what the qualitative method text-books in sociology warn against.
“...a new analysis argues that for people already alienated by religious fundamentalism, the museum can be a painful reminder of discrimination and isolation.”
The author of this “study” obviously went to the museum with preconceived ideas and built her research around it. The people were worried because signs said they could be asked to leave? Go to any amusement park, signs saying the same thing are posted everywhere.
That’s funny, I feel uncomfortable and alienated in all the other museums with their strange belief systems.
This does seam a little over the top if you ask me.
“At one point, Barton reported in her paper, a guard with a dog circled a student pointedly twice without saying anything. When he left, a museum patron approached the student and said, “The reason he did that is because of the way you’re dressed. We know you’re not religious; you just don’t fit in.””
I’m sure they think that Ken Ham is “Islamophobic” because his name is HAM.
I stood inside the Creation Museum, and without any attempt to be secretive, pointed out to my son every single thing that I didn't happen to agree with and I questioned the logic of several statements.
No one even looked at me funny.
Then don't go.
Barton combined hours of observation and analysis of museum materials into an ethnography, a detailed narrative about a place and its culture that is often used in sociology. Unlike other research methods, the ethnography does not strive for impartiality; rather, the researchers recognize and reflect on their own reactions to what they see.
What the heck type of "science" is it when you are writing about your own biases? The very basis of the scientific method is to remove bias from the process and produce results that can be tested by another scientist.
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