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MUSEUM DAY DRAWS CROWD, PROTESTS AT CREATIONIST FACILITY IN SANTEE




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By Miriam Raftery
 
 
 
October 2, 2011 (Santee) –At the Museum of Creation and Earth Science in Santee, free admission as part of national “Museum Day” drew a large crowd estimated at 1,500 people, according to The Christian Post. The event also attracted  23  protesters, who object to the museum’s openly religious teachings on the basis that they are “unscientific,” according to protest organizer John Viggiano.
 
 
During the occasion, the museum unveiled its latest exhibit, a “dinosaur garden.” Among other things, Viggiano objects to the museum’s claims regarding the age of the earth and the belief of Creationists that humans and dinosaurs inhabited the earth at the same time –a view not held by scientific experts or believers in Darwin’s theory of Evolution. One exhibit suggests that dinosaurs died off in mass because of the great flood described in the Bible.
 
 
 
Another controversial display is a human anatomy exhibit which includes stages of human life starting at conception, as well as details on various body systems, blood cells, DNA and more. While many of the details are medical in nature, the exhibit concludes that the complexity of the human body is “evidence of a Creator and not evolution,” tour guide John Nelson told the Christian Post.
 
Viggiano is a chemist at Scantibodies Laboratories, Inc. -- the same company owned by Tom Cantor, head of the Light and Life Foundation which owns the museum. An atheist as well as a scientist, Viggiano says his employer has thus far respected his right to free speech.
 

Protesters attempted to engage museum-goers in conversations, but Viggiano expressed disappointment that “people were generally uncurious about my science demonstrationa dn seemedt o have an almost instinctual aversion to anything Darwin or even to suggestions that people not take the Bible literally," he said, adding that he plans future events in other locations. 

 

Still, he considered the protest a success. “We acquired five new members to the San Diego New Atheists and Agnostics because of the event and the curator of the museum even wants to have lunch with me to discuss my qualms with the displays,” Viggiano told ECM. “I am excited about the prospect of being able to change the museum so it is less unscientific.”

 
Although he believes that “almost everything needs to be changed” to be consistent with scientific views, Viggiano admits that it’s unrealistic to expect that to occur. 
 
Asked what he hopes to achieve, he replied, “A good, inexpensive compromise…would be a disclaimer as one walks in saying that the National Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian Institution, and lal other major scientific bodies do not share the views expressed in the Museum. Or that numerous court cases…have shown creationism to be a religious and not a scientific viewpoint. I’d be happy with that.”
 
Museum Day is sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum, which lists on its website participating museums that have agreed to offer free admission for the annual event.
 
What did museum staff think of the atheist’s peaceful demonstration? 
 
Museum manager Jayson Payne told The Christian Post that the protest did not put a damper on the event, adding that he welcomes all community members regardless of their beliefs.
 
“We hope they come to the reality of a Creator,” he concluded, “and hope that their hearts will be softened by this event and future events.”

  

Report both sides please!

Another imbalanced story by East County Magazine (ECM). 95% of the story is about the protester's Atheist and Darwinist theories, but the Christian and Museum side of the story is not told. ECM should have interviewed some reputable ID and Creationist scientists also. There are plenty of them. There IS very solid science behind Intelligent Design (ID) and Creationist theories. ECM should use balanced journalism to represent BOTH sides of the story.

Where are the peer-reviewed journals?

I have yet to see any support for creationism in peer-reviewed scientific journals, which is the standard by which all scientific theories are measaured.  Stories in religious publications or mere opinions are not science. 

You are deflecting the issue & a list of resources.

Issue 1 - Please do not deflect from the core issue about the unbalanced article - namely ECM interviewed an Athiest / Darwinist "scientist", but did not interview any Intelligent Design / Creationist scientists. The article was not balanced journalism. There seems to be a bias on the part of ECM.

Issue 2 - Now, to the peer-reviewed journals issue. With all due respect, peer reviewed journals are not THE standard by which scientific theories are measured - that is simply YOUR standard. Peer reviewed journals are just one method among many that contribute to science and theories, but is not the ONLY method and it has some problems. The links below addresses that issue.

A good source of ID and Creation science literature and documentation would actually be to ask the Creationist Museum to supply that to you. I suggest you contact them! Do some fair, balanced research.

Here are some other links and resources to get you going - however please note this is not exhaustive. I hope that helps to start your research and achieve clarity and balanced reporting.

http://www.discovery.org/a/2640
http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/1163
http://www.nwcreation.net/journalcreation.html
http://creation.com/creationism-science-and-peer-review
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Peer_review

Journal Articles (more recent ones are available)

Axe, D. D., 2000. Extreme functional sensitivity to conservative amino acid changes on enzyme exteriors. Journal of Molecular Biology 301: 585-595.
Behe, M. J. and D. W. Snoke. 2004. Simulating evolution by gene duplication of protein features that require multiple amino acid residues. Protein Science 13: 2651-2664.
Chiu, D. K. Y. and T. H. Lui. 2002. Integrated use of multiple interdependent patterns for biomolecular sequence analysis. International Journal of Fuzzy Systems 4(3): 766-775.
Denton, M. J. and J. C. Marshall. 2001. The laws of form revisited. Nature 410: 417.
Denton, M. J., J. C. Marshall and M. Legge. 2002. The protein folds as Platonic forms: New support for the pre-Darwinian conception of evolution by natural law. Journal of Theoretical Biology 219: 325-342.
Lönnig, W.-E. 2004. Dynamic genomes, morphological stasis and the origin of irreducible complexity. In: V. Parisi, V. de Fonzo and F. Aluffi-Pentini, eds. Dynamical Genetics, 101-119. Research Signpost.
Lönnig, W.-E. and H. Saedler. 2002. Chromosome rearrangements and transposable elements. Annual Review of Genetics 36: 389-410.
Meyer, Stephen. 2004. The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 117: 213-239.
Wells, Jonathan. 2005. Do centrioles generate a polar ejection force? Rivista di Biologia/Biology Forum 98: 37-62.

Books / Research

Behe, Michael. 1996. Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. New York: The Free Press.
Campbell, John Angus and Stephen C. Meyer. 2003. Darwinism, Design, and Public Education. Michigan State University Press.
Denton, Michael. 1985. Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Adler and Adler.
Dembski, W. A. 1998. The Design Inference: Eliminating chance through small probabilities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dembski, William. 2002. No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot be Purchased without Intelligence. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
Gonzalez, Guillermo and Jay W. Richards. 2004. The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery. Regnery Publishing.
Minnich, Scott and Stephen C. Meyer. 2004. Genetic analysis of coordinate flagellar and type III regulatory circuits. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Design and Nature, Rhodes, Greece, ed. M. W. Collins and C. A. Brebbia, WIT Press.
Thaxton, Charles B., Walter L. Bradley and Roger L. Olsen. 1984. The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories. Philosophical Library. (4th ed., Lewis and Stanley, 1992).

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