I rushed back from DC to my old Kentucky home last night to attend the spectacular “Date Night at the Creation Museum”, where my date and I were to take in a nice dinner and listen to Ken Ham explain what makes a good relationship work.
Unfortunately, we were told at the door that we would not be allowed entry.
They explained to us that the Creation Museum Date Night was a “Christian environment”, therefore the presence of two men eating dinner together would not be allowed. The very sight of this would “add an un-Christian element to the event” and “disrupt the evening for everyone”.
When asked what was un-Christian about two gentlemen — let alone thirteen of them, see video above! — dining together at the Creation Museum, security staff at the event responded:
The Creation Museum rep further informed us that you cannot be a Christian if you are gay, asking “can you tell me what exactly is Christian about being gay?”. How can you argue with that logic?
This specific topic apparently necessitated a high-level all-hands security force meeting earlier in the day:
McDonald then informed us that the security staff had had a meeting earlier in the morning in which this very scenario was discussed. “You guys (my girlfiend and I) can go inside,” he told us, “but your friend and Joe cannot.”
When pressed on the issue, McDonald said that an “un-Christian” couple like Joe and Brandon would upset the evening for everyone, and, as proof, the museum’s website explicitly stated that couples like Joe and Brandon would not be allowed entry. (For the record, it does not)
Ah, the old “it’s on our website, so there!” except when it, um, isn’t.
No word on their website, either, about why the Creation Museum permits killers onto the premises, except of course for their actions speaking louder than any website’s words:
Anyway, the great irony is that while two men were not allowed to attend the Creation Museum last night, guess who they are welcoming with open arms today? None other than Jeffrey Bornhoeft, a lovely fellow making his first trip out of Ohio since the time that he shot his ex-wife’s husband three times in the head 11 years ago. Jeffrey is OK though, because he’s totally not into dudes.
Kentuckians must be so proud of their governor, Democrat Steve Brashears, who wants to allow forty million dollars in tax breaks for this enterprise’s religious propaganda theme park. It really stands for 21st century family values, after all.
“Let me express why the state government and local officials in not just Grant County, but also in the numerous surrounding counties are so excited. The numbers alone tell the tale,” he said.
The governor added, “This is a $150 million investment that is projected to create nearly 900 jobs including almost 550 full-time jobs. Bringing new jobs to Kentucky is my top priority … I am happy about the economic impact this project will have on the Northern Kentucky region.”
A full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark will be the main attraction, along with a walk-through aviary, a large petting zoo, a first-century Middle Eastern village, the Tower of Babel, and so on.
Oh, and if you want to work there? You’ll have to sign an “Ark in Genesis Statement of Faith” attesting that you worship the Sky God the way the theme park’s owners approve.
PZ Myers says it best:
So, you get to manage a database or shovel llama shit, as long as you have Fundamentalist Jesus in your heart. That goes even for those jobs at the Ark Encounter, where they are begging for state subsidies while insisting that it isn’t really a religious ministry. If it isn’t, why do all the employees have to swear an oath to worship Jesus precisely as Ken Ham demands they do?
I guess the whole Xtian myth is lucky Jesus didn’t have a security staff meeting before his fabled Last Supper: No Gentlemen Admitted Without a Lady!