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Ken Ham has spoken out against a Halloween-themed Washington Post article that said his Creation Museum in Kentucky is "one of the scariest places" for rejecting the real science of evolution and embracing creationism.
"As you read through this, it stands out she is mischaracterizing true Christianity, misquoting (or probably more likely she just doesn't understand) the Bible's teaching on various matters. She has no clue about what science is and isn't!" Ham wrote on Tuesday on his Facebook page, linking to the WP article which was posted on Oct. 28.
The piece, which lists what the author, Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, identified as five Christian theologies "scarier than Halloween," puts "God vs Evolution" at number 4 on the list, writing:
"One of the scariest places I have ever been was the Creation Science Museum in Kentucky. As I walked in, I was greeted by a pineapple eating velociraptor in an animatronic Garden of Eden. Yes, according to this museum that presents the 'young earth' idea that creation is 6,000 years old, this famous meat-eating hunter-type dinosaur, so scary in the movie Jurassic Park, was a vegetarian before the fall into sin."
Thistlethwaite, who served as the president of Chicago Theological Seminary from 1998-2008, added that creation science is a theology, and not a science.
"It is a scary theology because it is used to deny the real science of evolution and undercut the genuine urgency to stop polluting human activities that are causing violent and abrupt climate change," she added.
Ham, who is the Creation Museum's president, pointed out that Thistlethwaite's observations are wrong, as there are two animatronic young T-rex dinosaurs near the waterfall in the main hall, but they are not eating anything.
"And in the Garden of Eden exhibit in the actual Museum walk through, there are no raptors – there is one dinosaur eating a fruit that is not a pineapple! There is an animatronic raptor in corruption valley – but it's eating another animal. This author's 'accuracy' about the Creation Museum, is reflected in the rest of her diatribe," Ham continued.
"Basically, this article is just a very ignorant, misleading attack to mischaracterize conservative Christianity – what we are used to from those who just can't tolerate people who have different beliefs than themselves. She is just throwing 'mud' to hope some of it sticks."
In September, Ham asked supporters to pray for a person who reviewed the museum in an online posting and compared the experience to visiting "a concentration camp" for the way children are supposedly lied to.
"I'm finding it hard to even explain how bad I felt," the reviewer wrote. "The only time I've ever felt this bad because of somewhere I visited was a concentration camp. I'm not comparing the crime, only how it affected me. The juxtaposition of lies, smiling children and a gift shop freaked me out."
Ham pointed out that despite such reviews, people continue to come to the Creation Museum.
"I pray the Holy Spirit will work on their hardened hearts so they will be illuminated with the truth," Ham added.