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Atheists expelled from Creation "Museum"
Examiner.com ^ | Aug 9th, 2009 | Michael Rosch

Posted on 08/09/2009 6:29:20 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814

...according to Myers and at least one of my other sources that attended, aside from joking to each other about the ridiculous nonsense in the “museum”, no one misbehaved. But that didn’t seem to stop “museum” officials from harassing individuals and eventually kicking a few people out of the “museum” for imaginary infractions.

Essentially, it seems the “museum” feels that merely disagreeing with its “science” and mocking it to one’s friends is grounds for having visitors removed from the property. This is absurd. Could you imagine if the American Museum of Natural History ejected visitors for being creationists? Or if the Museum of Modern Art ejected visitors for critiquing the art or mocking Jackson Pollack’s work quietly with their friends? It would never happen. That’s because REAL museums are tools for education and don’t try to control how its visitors think.

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1 posted on 08/09/2009 6:29:20 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814
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To: GL of Sector 2814

(Typo in the thread title...if a moderator could fix it that would be great!)


2 posted on 08/09/2009 6:32:08 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814 (One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- R A Heinlein)
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To: GL of Sector 2814

These guys were probably doing more than just mocking the science. They were probably creating a loud disturbance and ruining the experience for other museum guests.

If so, any and every museum would kick guests out under such circumstances.


3 posted on 08/09/2009 6:32:48 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Something tells me that there is another side to this story.

Just a funny feeling.....

4 posted on 08/09/2009 6:35:49 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: DannyTN
These guys were probably doing more than just mocking the science.

I'm sure. Atheists going to a museum for Creationism is like a Christian going to a museum for Voodoo. What's the point.... unless you have other motives?

5 posted on 08/09/2009 6:40:08 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Can I see a natural history museum kicking out some of a group of over 240 creationists who organized a highly-publicized visit to the museum? Yes.

Can I see an art museum kicking out some of a group of over 240 art mockers who organized a highly-publicized visit to the museum? Yes.

I'm sure we don't have all the facts, but it is (or it should be) within the rights of the museum to turn away customers, for good reason, or for no reason at all, especially if it is a private institution.
6 posted on 08/09/2009 6:40:51 AM PDT by chrisser (Jim Thompson is the the finest, bravest, most honorable American I have ever known...)
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To: GL of Sector 2814
It would seem that they were there to touch or muck which NO museum will allow. I would never trust any left winger to do anything correct as they will deny you your freedom and keep themselves in command.
7 posted on 08/09/2009 6:41:17 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT (I will always be a Soldier)
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To: DannyTN
These guys were probably doing more than just mocking the science.

Science, huh?


8 posted on 08/09/2009 6:41:22 AM PDT by humblegunner (My Kung Fu is ten times power!)
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To: GL of Sector 2814
“It all began several weeks ago when PZ Myers along with the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) decided to organize a mass group of atheists, scientists, and other secular thinkers to all visit the Creation “Museum” together to see for themselves what they’ve been criticizing and, I imagine, to draw media attention to the affair. And they certainly got ABC's attention. At last count, I know there were 240 people planning on joining them. And the number had probably grown since then.”

I cannot imagine even the Smithsonian would tolerate an organized scene by 240 Creationists whose goal was to disrupt the visit of others by openly (loudly) mocking the evolution displays.

This was not a museum “visit”, it was an organized attempt to belittle the museum, religion, and visitors with other views.

Do these people think this type of behavior converts the thinking of others?

9 posted on 08/09/2009 6:41:41 AM PDT by silverleaf (If you can't be a good example, at least don't be a horrible lesson)
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To: GL of Sector 2814

Is it a museum? Seems like a propaganda assemblage to me


10 posted on 08/09/2009 6:43:25 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khitab)
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To: GL of Sector 2814

This is much worse than having the scientific evidence against evolution prohibited in the classroom......./sarc


11 posted on 08/09/2009 6:48:31 AM PDT by G Larry ( Obamacare=Dying in Line!)
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To: bert

The word museum is in quotes in the title thread with good reason.


12 posted on 08/09/2009 6:48:32 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814 (One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- R A Heinlein)
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To: GL of Sector 2814

“It’s not enough to be an atheist. You also have to be a d*ck about it!”
—South Park


13 posted on 08/09/2009 6:50:20 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: DannyTN
[They were probably creating a loud disturbance and ruining the experience for other museum guests.]

Probably dem and or fem activists of the liberal and stupid is as stupid does leftists creating problems that dem lawyers can use to sue the godly American Christians.
It it their way. What they don't believe they destroy wantonly and are the cruelest and crudest of peoples in the violent earth.

14 posted on 08/09/2009 6:50:34 AM PDT by kindred (A third party of conservatives only is the only answer. You can not put new wine in old wineskin's.)
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To: silverleaf

[It all began several weeks ago when PZ Myers along with the Secular Student Alliance (SSA)]

Athiest is as atheist does.


15 posted on 08/09/2009 6:52:08 AM PDT by kindred (A third party of conservatives only is the only answer. You can not put new wine in old wineskin's.)
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Same old (yawn) debate.

Atheists make a determined choice to disbelieve in God. I've studied their "evidence." It's not evidence. It's mere guesswork.

That said, I guess I'll defer to Solomon: "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." (Ps 14:1)

They're just not very good people and of necessity have chosen to reject God so as not to impede their sinful choices.

Why would we care what any such people think about God?

The truth is, they instinctively know God exists. Why else would they spend so much time trying to convince everyone He does not exist?

16 posted on 08/09/2009 6:54:04 AM PDT by LouAvul
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To: GL of Sector 2814

Somebody ping G-Cube!


17 posted on 08/09/2009 6:54:13 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: DannyTN

Could you give a link to the proof of your probables. Are is it another Frog with wings comment.


18 posted on 08/09/2009 6:58:37 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: LouAvul
The truth is, they instinctively know God exists. Why else would they spend so much time trying to convince everyone He does not exist?

The staff of Skeptic Magazine and The Skeptical Inquirer spend a lot of time trying to convince people that Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts, and ESP don't exist. Do you consider this evidence that they instinctively know that such things do in fact exist?

19 posted on 08/09/2009 6:58:38 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814 (One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- R A Heinlein)
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To: LouAvul
The truth is, they instinctively know God exists. Why else would they spend so much time trying to convince everyone He does not exist?

Exactly. Have you ever seen a bunch of non-believers in Santa Claus getting together and going to the mall and crashing a Santa Claus visit area for little kids at Christmas?

There is something unique and special about Jesus Christ that makes those who hate Him erupt in bizarre rages and go to ridiculous lengths to try to disprove His existence.

20 posted on 08/09/2009 6:59:10 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: bert
Is it a museum? Seems like a propaganda assemblage to me,

Bingo!!!!

21 posted on 08/09/2009 7:00:07 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: LouAvul
Agree. It is the atheist, not the Christian who attempts to impose his beliefs on others.
22 posted on 08/09/2009 7:01:58 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Obama - The end of Truth)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta
Exactly. Have you ever seen a bunch of non-believers in Santa Claus getting together and going to the mall and crashing a Santa Claus visit area for little kids at Christmas?

Skeptics regularly spend time accumulating evidence and publishing articles critical of pseudosciences and superstitions such as astrology, dowsing, creationism, phrenology, faith healing, dianetics, etc.

23 posted on 08/09/2009 7:04:48 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814 (One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- R A Heinlein)
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To: DannyTN
These guys were probably doing more than just mocking the science.

They weren't the ones mocking science.

24 posted on 08/09/2009 7:13:34 AM PDT by Caesar Soze
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To: GL of Sector 2814

http://creationmuseum.org/about/

Wonder if it was the dinosaur exhibit they hated?


25 posted on 08/09/2009 7:17:52 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Jacquerie

Are you not aware of christanitys history?? the spanish inquesitions—forcing christianity onto jews then burning them to death so they won’t “sin” again.Please read the history of christianity before you make asinine remarks.


26 posted on 08/09/2009 7:19:53 AM PDT by alchemist54 ((for those who fight for it freedom has a taste the protected will never know))
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Well, that's nice.

The problem for God-haters is that the Scriptures, which were written by God, have been proven to be correct down to the letter while astrology, faith healing, etc. cannot make the same claim.

For example, part of the book of Revelation gives details about a future time when a world dictator will force everyone on earth to receive a mark in order to buy or sell. That was written in approximately 95 AD. It is absolutely impossible for a man, writing in the first century, to know that the time would come when human beings would be able to number every single person on earth unless there was a omnipotent, omniscient Being telling this first-century man what would be occurring thousands of years after his death. And, in the year 2009, not only is a one-world government well on it's way to reality, a global currency which would have to be in place for the Revelation prophecy to be fulfilled, is in it's beginning stages as well.

There is so much evidence of His existence that one has to be so entrenched in hate and enmity with God that he can look at the evidence and deny it and reject God.

But not to worry. God will grant the atheist his wish: eternal separation from Him and the people who love Him and claim Him as Savior. You will never be forced to accept God, or be with Him, or experience His blessings or a relationship with Him. He doesn't force Himself on people.

Too bad the same can't be said of those who hate Him.

27 posted on 08/09/2009 7:20:39 AM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: GL of Sector 2814
no one misbehaved. But that didn’t seem to stop “museum” officials from harassing individuals and eventually kicking a few people out of the “museum” for imaginary infractions.

I call BS. If they had done nothing to be kicked out for, there would be no story to report. This was obviously a publicity stunt.

28 posted on 08/09/2009 7:23:59 AM PDT by DejaJude
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To: Jacquerie
Agree. It is the atheist, not the Christian who attempts to impose his beliefs on others.

If that were true the word missionary would not exist.

29 posted on 08/09/2009 7:25:26 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: YOUGOTIT
That’s because REAL museums are tools for education and don’t try to control how its visitors think.

Yeah, kinda like 'real' public schools and 'real' universities that don't try to control what students think.

30 posted on 08/09/2009 7:29:50 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: org.whodat
If that were true the word missionary would not exist.

To be fair, missionaries do not by definition impose their beliefs on others. Historically, of course, they often did.

31 posted on 08/09/2009 7:29:57 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814 (One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- R A Heinlein)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Wonder if it was the dinosaur exhibit they hated?

Probably the fact that they exhibit dinosaurs and humans frolicking about together.

I'd mock 'em too.

It's idiotic.

32 posted on 08/09/2009 7:33:29 AM PDT by humblegunner (My Kung Fu is ten times power!)
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To: org.whodat

It is the atheists who have successfully ‘imposed’ their beliefs through the tools of legislation.


33 posted on 08/09/2009 7:41:24 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: humblegunner
It's idiotic

That's putting it mildly. Here's an exhibit showing a human and a couple of dinosaurs together:


34 posted on 08/09/2009 7:43:17 AM PDT by GL of Sector 2814 (One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- R A Heinlein)
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To: humblegunner
I'd mock 'em too.

I have been to this museum, I spent quite some time explaining the other side to my son and never had a problem with being bothered by the staff.

I expect these people were disruptive.

35 posted on 08/09/2009 7:46:06 AM PDT by Dianna (Obama Barbie: Governing is hard.)
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To: Right Brother
When there is a thread about what atheists have are have not done, we will debate it.
36 posted on 08/09/2009 7:46:10 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: GL of Sector 2814
In all these threads about creationism, the focus of attention should be shifted from actual science and evolution, to the Biblical reasoning behind the claim that creation was sudden, and occurred in a short period.

So, we need to push the intellectual battle back into the squalid, forelorn little mental recesses where the idea of sudden creation was born. Because there, like some huge, contagious, metastasizing blob of mucus, it extends its slimy pods into the very underpinning of FR and conservative thought everywhere.

Hope you all understand my sense of urgency. :)

37 posted on 08/09/2009 7:54:29 AM PDT by Tax Government
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Wheeee! The friendly raptor would never bite off the little girl's head.

Nothing there to mock, no sir.

38 posted on 08/09/2009 7:56:19 AM PDT by humblegunner (My Kung Fu is ten times power!)
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To: GL of Sector 2814

There is about 65 million years between the two. I think they are a bit off on their diorama.

This “museum” could benefit from a legit degreed (Harvard would do nicely) paleontologist or two.


39 posted on 08/09/2009 7:56:45 AM PDT by Z80_Inside
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To: GL of Sector 2814

Some of self-professed atheists have serious head problems resulting in a bitter hatred of religion. A good comparison are flamboyant homosexuals.

Most atheists and most homosexuals prefer to be left alone, and only get loud when somebody gets in their face. I cannot blame them for this, because even if it is in someone’s religion that they are supposed to get in people’s faces, there is no compelling reason that other people have to take it, when they are minding their own business.

But flamboyant atheists and homosexuals are the equal, if opposite, to a persistently nuisancesome religious proselytizer, or a repeated sexual harasser, for that matter. And there is no reason to have to tolerate their getting in your face as well.

This reaches a head in public schools in all cases. Parents do, and have the right, to get bent out of shape when they find out their children are being assailed by any of the above annoying people. The parents realize their children are somewhat malleable, and also a captive audience, which attracts agenda-driven demagogues like flies to honey.

Be they of a different religion, flamboyant atheists or homosexuals, or ACORN Democrats. Hands off the kids, or else.


40 posted on 08/09/2009 7:57:56 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: org.whodat
When there is a thread about what atheists have are have not done, we will debate it.

I doubt I will debate. It is as futile as trying to stack ping pong balls on a windy day.

41 posted on 08/09/2009 7:58:01 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Liberals are nothing, if not disrespectful, but there's a reason for it. Imagine hating yourself, knowing you will never have any hope of attaining moral character, and understanding that you are too weak to control your own inner demons. Then imagine looking daily at people who are happy, content, of high moral character, outgoing and polite, and how insignificant they make you feel just by existing.

Unable to deal with their personal inadequacies, they respond with hatred, for conservatives, and especially the contentedly faithful, act like a kind of mirror, reflecting the liberal’s flaws back at him for him to see. And he hates you for it.

Truly, they are a pitiful lot.

42 posted on 08/09/2009 8:10:51 AM PDT by wgflyer (Liberalism is to society what HIV is to the immune system.)
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To: bert
Is it a museum? Seems like a propaganda assemblage to me

And who has put a gun to your head forcing you to visit the place?

43 posted on 08/09/2009 8:14:04 AM PDT by jla
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To: LaineyDee

Curiosity? Does everything we do need a point?


44 posted on 08/09/2009 8:14:23 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Here's what really happened (from the AIG website blog)

Summary of the Visit Friday by the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), August 7, 2009

There was a lot of mocking inside the museum Friday (and to a lesser extent during Dr. Jason Lisle’s noon lecture) by dozens of the 285 in the SSA group, and some of the mocking could be clearly heard by many of our guests (especially in our Noah’s Flood rooms, but also in the Garden of Eden exhibit when words like “garbage” were uttered, etc.).

Several times during the day we had to ask mockers to keep their voices down (I did it five times myself), but generally, it was more peaceful than what we expected (many blog comments from those who were coming were promising some very aggressive actions). The majority of the SSA group was quite civil. It helped that there were over 2,200 people at the museum , and thus the 285 in the SSA group were in a small minority. (The SSA is having a convention in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend about two hours away, with an associate professor in Minnesota speaking there—that’s why this group was with us today.)

Only one person was asked to leave the museum, and one person was given a final warning that he was about to be escorted out if he acted up one more time (though some people are “boasting” that he was also asked to leave—not true, and more about that in a moment).

Overall, though, given the several disruptions and recognizing that our regular guests sadly had to overhear and endure some mocking (a family from Virginia shared their frustration with me about the SSA group), the day went well. It helped that all 285 atheists/agnostics signed a statement that they would be civil—they did that when they checked in and got their tickets from their organizer, Lyz (who was a pleasure to work with). By the way, I did not request that the signed agreements were to be done (with the exception of getting the professor’s signature, which we demanded in a certified letter mailed to him over a week ago)—to her credit, Lyz, after hearing our concerns about the web chatter about the possible behavior of her SSA group, did not want to see a ruckus in the museum, and she, I understand it, volunteered the idea of having her group sign such a statement (and we did verify with Lyz that the prof signed it).

But there were still some incidents, but most were minor. For example, despite our clear sign next to the Triceratops model downstairs (which is not in the museum exhibit area), where it stated this was a photo op and that children under 12 could get on (see photo attached), some SSA members hopped on anyway. Our head of security went downstairs to stop that activity when he heard of it. The prof got on, too, but insisted that he only saw the children’s sign after he got on! Here is a photo of the sign which is easy to see and read:

Indeed, that much-mocked Triceratops model of ours—with the saddle on it, and which has been mistakenly taken by our opponents as a museum exhibit rather than a photo op area for families with children—was a center of much attention today. The model had just been patched up Thursday (it had taken a lot of beating over the past two years by children climbing on board ) to be back just in time for today. We did not want to be accused of hiding something so “infamous.” It was clearly placed in a non-exhibit part of the museum and marked with a sign that stated that this was for children to get on and for photos to be taken. (By the way, it was some sight for drivers along I-275 Thursday evening to see this Triceratops on the back of a truck as it was being brought back to the museum. Even one of the SSA group saw it on the highway that night and took a photo, which has popped up on some blogs.) Of course, we are not embarrassed by our teaching that dinosaurs and humans co-existed, but the atheists have been implying that this photo-op spot in the museum was our “evidence” of dino-human co-existence. To use a photo op area for kids, no different to what one finds at many secular venues, shows how much these opponents clutch at straws and will twist anything to try to mock us.

It was at the Triceratops model that our security chief (and then a few minutes later, me) had a run-in with an SSA young person, A young man (apparently from Canada) was asked to turn his atheist T-shirt inside out (it had wording on it similar to what was seen on some atheist bus campaigns in some cities, blaring that there is no God—and the words “NO GOD” were in big letters on the shirt). The young man did so, but then proceeded to argue with our uniformed officer about why the wording was deemed offensive. The man did not get angry, but he was defensive—and borderline aggressive. I caught the tail end of it, and witnessed our officer calmly and patiently listening to the man.

Then about 5-10 minutes later, this same young man was in the bookstore upstairs. He was standing with the prof and 10-12 SSA members, and I stopped to hear what was being said—especially since the prof was being filmed at the time and that was creating some congestion. This young man stated, in a voice that could be heard beyond the 10-12 people (in a crowded bookstore) declaring derisively that he was not about to spend another penny in the museum (or words to that effect). I asked him to keep his voice down, and he looked at me quizzically and asked what was wrong. Again, he was defensive and smart-alecky—this time in a crowded bookstore.

Just a few minutes later I was at the FX photo booth, where I met a father and mother—with their young son and daughter—who had expressed some frustration that their visit was marred by the mockers inside the museum. They said, for example, that they were hoping to explain some of the significance of the Noah’s Flood to their children, who could not quite understand all the concepts—the parents were trying to explain things to their children in a way they could understand them at their level. But the laughing and mocking by some in the SSA group nearby were a distraction to the children, and this family felt their visit was not what it could have been (a 16-hour round-trip drive) . I apologized to them, and offered free tickets for their next visit and left them my card.

As this conversation was going on, the young man who had given us those hassles in the bookstore and at the Triceratops model, walked by. I stopped him and asked him to step over to the FX photo area and away from others in the group. I told him that the unruliness of his group—him included—was keeping our guests from fully enjoying their time, and I motioned over to the family from Virginia, noting that their visit was disrupted and that people like them were owed an apology. The young man leaned over and (to his credit) apologized to the family—a few feet away—for being disruptive. I said to the young man that he was out of chances, and that his next disturbance would lead to his being ushered out of the museum. He said that he was leaving the museum any way, so that would not be a problem.

The bigger incident at this particular moment is recounted here by Dan Mangus, our museum’s director, who saw much of what went on with the young man talking with me:

“When you addressed the young man to have him apologize to the offended family, a gentleman stepped from the prof’s mob to try to film the action and listen in. I stepped in front of his camera and informed him it was a private conversation. He kept sidestepping me and being rude about it, like I didn’t exist, so I motioned for an officer to escort him away. Our officer said: ‘Sir, will you come with me?’ The photographer said nothing; he just followed him. Nothing else was said. He escorted him to the crosswalk. That’s when he made the comment that he hadn’t done anything.”

I mention this in detail because Lyz and many SSA members were (falsely) told that the young man was thrown out, and that is now being reported by bloggers, and we want to set the record straight. Only one person—the videographer—was ushered out.

Other incidents (but which were probably not disruptive for our guests, except for those driving into the property at the time) … The prof and a few dozen of his followers walked off the grounds and held a rally in front of the museum entrance. There, a ram’s horn was blown (I suppose this was borrowing from Joshua 6 when a ram’s horn was blown, signally that the walls of Jericho were to come tumbling down. I guess it was their “statement” that the SSA had “conquered” the museum, but I did not hear what was said). Also, our security staff indicated that a mock communion service was held out front where crackers with cheese were served. Mocking the death and resurrection of our Lord like this is an extremely serious thing indeed. But they have to answer to the Lord for that. Then it was announced to the crowd that the prof was just named a Kentucky Colonel, and a proclamation was given to him. (I understand that these are easy to get; if you’re nominated by a Kentucky Colonel, it’s a relatively simple process). But why a governor and secretary of state of a state would indiscriminately allow their signatures to be affixed to this proclamation is bizarre, especially if the governor would ever read some of the prof’s vile writings.

Strangely, the prof wrote on his blog—just before he visited—that “285 people signed up so far. There is some concern that we’ll strain their parking …” Now, the SSA made up only about 12% of our total guest count on Friday, so parking challenges were a non-issue (we have three large parking areas and have had many days with many more cars than we had Friday). We have handled even 4,000 people in one day. But the prof was somehow concerned that 285 people coming in and probably no more than 100 cars (there was a lot of carpooling among the SSA group) were going to be a problem for us. The professor also wrote that we provided them with a special check-in tent outside the museum because his group was so large. Actually, the tent is there regularly, and we had nine other groups sign in there yesterday. Also, I want to note that we had 900 people in one group come to the museum last month—perhaps the prof shouldn’t be too boastful.

Dr. Lisle and Dr. Menton of our staff chatted with a few of the skeptics—these were not hostile engagements, however (see photo of one person talking with Dr. Lisle), but cordial.

Here is Dr. Lisle’s summary of his part of the day inside the museum (when he gave his lecture):

“Today I spoke to a group of atheists in the Special Effects Theater. The Special Effects Theater was filled to capacity, so some people were not able to attend the presentation. (About 40 people had to be turned away.) A few Christians attended the talk, but most of the attendees were not Christians [those with the SSA group were issued name tags by their organizer and so they were easily spotted]. I did a presentation on The Ultimate Proof of Creation which parallels my book with the same title. In this talk, I demonstrate that the Christian worldview must be true by showing that the alternative destroys the possibility of science and knowledge.

“Although there were a few people (perhaps 20 or so) that were softly but audibly mocking during the presentation, the rest of the audience was polite and attentive. I suspect that many of them had never heard such an argument before, and will hopefully consider the given information. I got the impression that they were really thinking about what was presented.

“After the presentation, I stayed in the lobby to answer questions. Since I had presented a very strong case that Christianity alone is rational and scientific (in a firm, but polite way), I was expecting that a lot of people would want to argue with me. But only a few of the secular students came to ask me questions (and none of the ones that were scoffing during the presentation, interestingly). Some of the students had very good follow-up questions. Two or three attempted a counter-argument, but none were able to successfully refute The Ultimate Proof of Creation. All of the people who spoke with me were polite and cordial.

“Let’s pray that the Lord uses what these students saw at the Creation Museum to soften hearts and bring many people to salvation.”—Dr. Lisle

Looking back on the day, I find it ironic that an ardent atheist like this prof would bother bringing 285 people to our museum and hear our biblical messages—people who would not even think about attending church. And here, they got the gospel message! We are grateful for the opportunity to share with them.

I thanked Lyz at the end of the SSA visit for her efforts in trying too keep her group in check. We had a 10-minute debriefing, where I first asked how we had done. No complaints at all from her. I did tell her about the conduct of some of her guests—including the videographer who was ushered out and the young man we almost asked to leave. She said that we acted appropriately, and she had nothing but praise for the staff—for their attitude as well as professionalism.

I told her that the SSA would be welcomed back if she could again attempt to help keep the mocking from happening. I admitted that out of 285 people, it just takes a few people to stir things up. I told her that we had heard from a few families who were distracted by the mocking (e.g., the family from Virginia, who drove 8 hours to get here and felt that their trip was not what they expected). Lyz apologized— sincerely—for their misbehavior.

Many staff certainly earned their salaries today. A job well done—especially when even the SSA leader raved about our museum staff’s professionalism and graciousness.

I am happy to report that we had many people around the country praying for us and the SSA group (they had read your blog, Ken—or had been following the prof’s blog). Inside, our staff met for prayer at 8:30 am, and then throughout the day, we had staff gathering in the board room at certain hours to pray for our visitors.

Some TV stations had stories this morning about the SSA visit. No newspaper or radio reporters came that I was aware of—just a reporter with a left-leaning free tabloid in Cincinnati, and there was someone who stated that he was with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, but since he could not produce credentials, not even a business card (he then acknowledged he was a free-lancer), we just gave him our “prepared statement.”*

Our public safety officers and museum staff dealt with the incidents in a very professional way, and Lyz—the SSA person who was the nuts-and-bolts organizer of this tour—was very complimentary of all the staff’s behavior. The officers and staff used great restraint when dealing with some of the louder SSA guests. As I noted above, only one person was ushered away (when he clearly disregarded the order not to videotape a private conversation). I am very proud of our museum staff in the way they carried out their duties on Friday.

45 posted on 08/09/2009 8:15:25 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Dianna
I spent quite some time explaining the other side to my son...

What other side? Are you referring to creation of the universe without God? (Just curious as to what you meant here)

46 posted on 08/09/2009 8:16:51 AM PDT by jla
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To: GL of Sector 2814
"We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

Now get out.

47 posted on 08/09/2009 8:19:26 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: GL of Sector 2814
Skeptics regularly spend time accumulating evidence and publishing articles critical of pseudosciences and superstitions such as astrology, dowsing, creationism, phrenology, faith healing, dianetics, etc.

You left Darwinism out of your screed ...

48 posted on 08/09/2009 8:22:52 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: silverleaf
organize a mass group

There's the key, telling phrase in the whole thing. "Direct Action" mob. Othugaphiles. I don't care what you think about their "science," they have a right to believe it. The museum is private property, and they have a right to refuse entry, to anyone, for any reason.

If this SSA (what a creepy acronym, by the way) is true to form, next they'll crash the place and start destroying exhibits.

No conservative should favor such behavior.

49 posted on 08/09/2009 8:23:04 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: GL of Sector 2814; Gondring
Essentially, it seems the “museum” feels that merely disagreeing with its “science” and mocking it to one’s friends is grounds for having visitors removed from the property. This is absurd.

It' not absurd. It's their private property. I'm not a creationist, but I wouldn't dream of going inside their property to mock them.

50 posted on 08/09/2009 8:35:45 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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