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Creationist Museum Draws Thousands

HuffPo story:

A museum that tells the Bible's version of Earth's history _ that the planet was created in a single week just a few thousand years ago _ attracted thousands to its opening as protesters rallied outside.

The dozens of demonstrators argued Monday that the Creation Museum's central tenets conflict with scientific evidence that the Earth is several billion years old. Overhead, an airplane pulled a banner with the message: "Thou Shalt Not Lie."

The privately funded museum had more than 4,000 guests on opening day, said Mark Looy, a co-founder of the $27 million facility 20 miles southwest of Cincinnati. The parking lot was filled with license plates from dozens of states.

"The guests were very happy with the museum experience," Looy said. "Of course, we had some naysayers come through and engage us in conversation, and that's fine _ we want them."

Here's a fact of life: People prefer a simple, comfortable lie to a complex, uncomfortable truth. And the more farfetched the lie, the more fanatically they'll defend it.

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Comments (2)

U.P. Man:

The simple lie that life comes from nothing? That everything came from nothing? That going from simple to complex is normal?

Paul Hamilton:

You can go from simple to complex, but you can't go from nothing to something, and that was the first crack in my atheist facade a long time ago. My failure to be able to answer that question with scientific means started pointing me toward faith, and the idea that it's not necessary for me to have all the answers.


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