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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