Monkey business

Not since William Jennings Bryan halted the march of science by winning the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 have creationists had a more glorious day. On Monday, the Creation Museum opened its doors for business in northern Kentucky, with a stated mission of restoring the Bible to its "rightful authority" in society. An arm of AiG (Answers in Genesis) ministries, the Creation Museum aims to show once and for all that the earth is no more than 10,000 years old, and that dinosaurs and man walked together in the Garden of Eden. (Which may explain why Eve ate the forbidden fruit. When you've got a Deinonychus competing for your food supply, you take what you can get and don't ask questions.) Some educators worry what this could mean for the future of the Bluegrass State's science curriculum. Fear not, says an AiG spokesman. We're not "an activist group ... regarding ... getting materials into public schools." Instead, they'll settle for getting books such as Evolution Exposed: Your Answer Book for the Classroom--available for $15.99 in the museum gift shop--into visitors' hands. And let matters evolve from there. 

"Natural History, Bible-style," by Jane Lampman, Christian Science Monitor, May 24, 2007

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