Darwin-Free Fun

Not everything at Dinosaur Adventure Land, a creationism theme park in Pensacoloa, Florida, is about dinosaurs. For instance, there’s the “Nerve-Wracking Ball,” “a bowling ball on a rope, dangling from a tall tree branch. A child stands before the ball, and then a park guide gives it a shove from a specific angle, so that it comes careering back at the child’s face only to stop just in front of it. The child wins if he does not flinch, proving he has ‘faith in God’s laws’ — in this case, that a swinging object will never come back higher than the point from which it took off.”

Abby Goodnough reports for The New York Times. At a time when nearly 3/4 of American evangelicals feel that the media is hostile to them, this piece will no doubt enrage those who consider it a “mockery” and call the Times unfair for giving any attention to creationist maverick “Dr. Dino,” aka Kent Hovind, rather than more intellectual creationists. Too bad. Goodnaugh’s report is, if anything, understated: “At Dinosaur Adventure Land,” she writes, “visitors can make their own Grand Canyon replica with sand and read a sign deriding textbooks for teaching that the Colorado River formed the canyon over millions of years: ‘This is clearly not possible. The top of the Grand Canyon is 4,000 feet higher than where the river enters the canyon! Rivers do not flow up hill!'”

Goodnaugh leaves that bit of geological logic for her readers to decode.

Decode more of “Darwin-Free Fun for Creationists.”

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