Book of Mordor
Date: April 19, 2015 05:55PM
Haven't seen this item brought up; published in the March 25 L.A. Times, p. 2.
[excerpted to fit within RFM guidelines]
"Creationists feel at home
Conservative Idaho is a good fit for a biblical museum, founders say
"…This is Idaho, [museum co-founder Stan] Lutz noted from his usual post at the Northwest Science Museum, America's newest tribute to creationism that's only a few miles west of the [Idaho State] Capitol dome [in Boise]. …'I like the culture of Idaho. Politically, I think it's more conservative, for the most part.'
"…Idaho is conservative enough to embrace the museum… dedicated to the idea that Earth is a mere 6,000 years old. That dinosaurs and men cavorted together. That all those fossils dug up by archaeologists came into being because of the flood. Yes. *That* flood.
"The Northwest Science Museum's board of directors has big plans here in one of America's most conservative states… its members plan to erect a 350,000-square-foot facility with a full-sized ark that will rise above Interstate 84 somewhere between Boise and Nampa.
"…Fossil-filled cases line the museum walls, displaying slices of petrified wood and nautilus shells, dinosaur eggs and the imprints of ancient leaves. Everything, [Exec Director Douglas] Bennett says, is about 4,500 years old, 'because they were buried during the flood and fossilized at that time.'
"…The point, he [Bennett] explained, is that 'people say, "Oh, on Noah's ark, there wasn't enough room to have all the dinosaurs and other animals." Well, if you take a young one that's small on the ark, you've got plenty of room… You wouldn't want to take an old, fully grown adult, because, after the flood, their purpose was to reproduce and populate the earth again.'"