Stranger Fruit

I apologize


Arizona has unfortunately been a hot-bed for Young Earth Creationism (YEC). Some of the smaller church-affiliated schools here teach YEC, and there are a number of groups that run creationist tours to the Grand Canyon. Up north, the Creation Research Society maintains the Van Andel Creation Research Center north of Chino Valley. And in Phoenix, we have Walt Brown’s Center for Scientific Creationism. For these alone, I’d have to apologize to the world on behalf on Arizona.

I recently stumbled across the Lost World Musuem which is apparently opening in Phoenix NY this Fall. The Musuem’s mission is to

“present the greatest evidence ever assembled which validates the creation account found in the book of Genesis.

We will explore past archeological finds and perhaps offer an alternative explanation as we present: the Giants of the pre-flood world, the remnants of ancient technology, the existence of Noah’s Ark, evidence for a worldwide flood, anomalous fossils and out of place artifacts.”

The Musuem is run by John Adolphi, a New Yorker who runs and has been attempting to buy all kinds of weird stuff (including holoprosenchephalic kittens) in an attempt to discredit evolution. Looks like I have a new field-trip for my Origins, Evolution & Creation class!

Edit: Jim Lippard pointed out that the Muesum is not in Phoenix AZ but is in Phoenix NY.


  1. #1 Michael Hopkins
    September 17, 2006

    We will use the creative marketing techniques of P.T. Barnum to arrest the public’s attention while providing the resources to answer that age-old question:
    “Is it Apes, Aliens or Adam?”

    P.T. Barnum? Sounds about right.

    I can never understand how someone from Arizona of all places could be a YEC anyways. What more do they want? For God to descend and say, “The Earth is 4.55 Billion years old. Get over it”?

  2. #2 Mike Price
    September 17, 2006

    I am jealous… we never got to go on any fieldtrips!

  3. #3 Jim Lippard
    September 17, 2006

    The Lost World Museum is in Phoenix, NY (pop. 2251), not Phoenix, AZ. It’s just outside of Syracuse.

  4. #4 John Lynch
    September 17, 2006

    Dammit Jim! My bad. Still, we should apologize for Phoenix AZ none-the-less 🙂

    The field trip is, obviously, cancelled!

  5. #5 PZ Myers
    September 17, 2006

    BibleLandStudios is also the outfit that publishes Jim Pinkoski’s amazing creationist comic books.

  6. #6 Sean
    September 17, 2006

    This type of thing isn’t unique to Arizona. Denver based B.C. Tours conducts “biblically correct” tours of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Zoo and other points of interest in the area. An article on the tours from the Rocky Mountain News is available here and a related TV news segment is available here once you get past the auto glass ad.

  7. #7 Left_Wing_Fox
    September 17, 2006

    BibleLandStudios is also the outfit that publishes Jim Pinkoski’s amazing creationist comic books.

    Oh, now, I HAVE to go. 😀 Nothing like people screaming ignorence and stupidity at the top of their lungs, while at the same time wondering how you couldn’t possibly believe them.

    Besides, I need to see the “Pygmies+DWARFS!!!!” exhibit.

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