How do dinosaurs fit into creationism

One has no small desire to walk into the garden and catch the fat duck that is sitting there. The animal could be carried into this strange building with the word "museum" on the door, but which is not a museum. The duck would perhaps be the simplest counter-evidence to what is being taught in this building.

It is a warty duck. The wart duck is the domesticated form of the musk duck. This in turn is a large species from South America that belongs to the group of real ducks. The fat animal in the park had wild ancestors. It adapts. Its chicks will be different from what it is itself. It is an animal, product of evolution.

That is the most amazing thing about this visit: seeing how the followers of creationism can turn a blind eye to the obvious.

But it is better to leave the duck in the garden. It is quite possible that otherwise the security guard would take his 45s out of his holster and advise you to leave the "Creation Museum" in Petersburg, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Kentucky 41080. Less because you had taken a duck hostage than because you had denied what is being taught here.

On many large boards it says: The earth is 6,000 years old. God created the earth and all living things, including warty ducks, at once, in exactly seven days, each of which lasted 24 hours. There is no evolution. The Grand Canyon was created in a few days. The Flood happened exactly as it was written in the Bible, because the Bible is to be interpreted literally, from the first to the last page.

With Adam and Eve in paradise

Science in these rooms is not called "Science", but "The Word of the People". In contrast, there is "The Word of God". And that is better believed, on the one hand because the life-size, electrically moved dinosaurs next to the doll, which looks like a Stone Age girl, clearly show that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time. And on the other hand, because otherwise you are part of "today's world", which is exhibited in the basement.

A teenager masturbates in front of a computer screen while his brother plays video games. Two women speak ill of a third woman. A young, unmarried woman is pregnant. Graffiti everywhere. Some visitors look embarrassed, others howl snot and water. And then they go one room further and stand in front of a gray concrete wall with pictures of the Nuremberg Rally and skulls on Cambodian killing fields. This, the museum suggests, happens when people do not believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old.

One step through the next door is enough and you are in paradise. Life-size figures of Adam and Eve, whose breasts are hidden by their extra-long hair, show how beautiful everything used to be and how beautiful everything could become again. Birds chirp from speakers. Then comes a model of Noah's Ark, presented as a scientific exhibit. Parts of it are so big that you can walk in them. A cage like the one supposedly in the ship is supposed to prove that the 16,000 animals on board could be looked after without any problems. An important proof, because the crew was rather small according to Genesis 7, 13-16: Only eight people were allowed on the ship. "You see," says a young mother to her child, "this is how Noah fed the animals."

That is the principle of the museum: three or four obvious contradictions in teaching are refuted as vividly as possible. In addition to the Ark and the Flood, the exhibition is devoted to the Grand Canyon, which is said to have formed in just a few days, and paleontology, which is the most interesting from a didactic point of view.