Ken Ham isn’t the only guy to open a creation museum and spit on everything science. The Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum in Glendive, Montana is owned by another Evangelical
nutter entrepreneur named Otis Kline. Mr. Kline has some pretty amazing fossils in his little museum. Unfortunately, he gets just about everything concerning them wrong.
The Great Falls Tribune sent Kristen Inbody to check the museum out and report back. What she saw and heard would be funny if so many didn’t take it as gospel. The reporter was led through the museum by Robert Canen, who is also the vice president of administration for the museum. His tour — which starts with a T-Rex skull and the Bible verse, “..ask the animals, and they will teach…” — included these gems:
● The Bible is an accurate, literal history of the world. The world is about 6,000-6,400 years old and a six-day divine creation.
● Dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. Dinosaurs were on the ark.
● God created ‘kinds,’ like dog kind from whence sprung dogs, wolves, coyotes. Humans and primates don’t come from the same ‘kind.’ Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon and humans are all of ‘humankind,’ which came from Adam and Eve.
The exhibits include examples of an opalized Umoonasaurus, an Anomalocaris, a Xiphactinus with a Gillicus inside (its last supper), an ichthyosaur, a triceratops and, their prized exhibit, a T-Rex named Stan. There’s also a model of Noah’s Ark and a Bible room with a Braille Bible, a Gutenberg Bible (copy), a Coptic Bible and a 1611 King James Bible. The latter is open to Job 40, which some Biblical scholars think refers to dinosaurs.
Another of the very strange ideas held by Kline and Canen is that there was more oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere way back when. This, they say, accounts for the long-lived characters in the Bible like Methuselah. Animals lived ten times longer, too. Canen explained:
Turtles can live 150 years. Take times 10. You have a 1,500-year-old turtle. All these things are going to be amazing when things live 10 times longer.
Um. Okay. The world was a different place before the flood, the museum teaches. There was no predation then, hence no carnivores. Canen says that to know what an animal was designed to eat, “you have to talk to the designer.” Those long, sharp, pointy teeth on Stan are only a ruse. Ol’ Stan was a grass eater according to the Bible, so damn the science.
Another interesting view taken by Kline concerns the trilobite. That creature’s eye, Kline says, is…
… faceted, like a bee’s eye, and some of the eyes can see 180 degrees, which means with two eyes they could see in a full circle. What’s really unique is the eye can correct for light refraction.
So, according to Kline, eyes have devolved since the Cambrian. Trilobites could see better than a bald eagle, if that were so. Isn’t that special?
There’s more. So much more. But it’s all colored by the Biblical glasses of the owner. He has access to one of the finest fossil digs in Montana — part of the Hell Creek formation (something apropos there) — yet he cannot understand the basic science which can be found there staring him in the face.
Look. It’s fine for people to have their beliefs. More power to them. But when they attempt to indoctrinate others, especially young children, with this anti-science nonsense, it affects us all. Eventually, these kids will grow up. Some might get into politics. They might then pass laws that have roots in this anti-science ideology. That would harm the country in ways we can’t imagine. When science is rejected, it dumbs down the whole country. When such rejection is filled — as vacuums always are; science! — with religious ideology, it has a negative impact on every sector of society.
Noah did not carry dinosaurs on the Ark and anyone who believes he did is willfully ignorant or, worse, willfully ignoring actual science. This museum is just one example of such ignorance. Ken Ham would be proud.
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