Irrationalists

Byline: | Category: Culture | Posted at: Thursday, 31 May 2007

UPDATED BELOW 

A few minutes south of Cincinnati you can now visit the newly opened Creation Museum where you will find bible-themed exhibits depicting dinosaurs aboard Noah’s Ark.

About 35 years ago another theme park opened just north of Cincinnati where you’ve long been able to see dinosaurs coexisting with humans . . .  as well as with a talking dog, and a jovial picnic-stealing bear.

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In all seriousness, I think a creation-themed park is silly, but then I worked at Kings Island for two summers during high school, so I’ve seen more than enough silly entertainment to last a lifetime.  If that’s how you want to spend your time and money, and how you want to worship, then who am I to tell you you’re wrong.

Apparently, however, the armies of tolerance aren’t as tolerant of you being wrong:

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The caption for this photo in the Cincinnati Enquirer has this to say:

Creation Museum protester Noelle Cleverly, of Knoxville, Tenn., checks out Robert Mackowski’s sign as they stand along Bullittsburg Church Road, outside the museum on Memorial Day. Mackowski is from Clinton, Tenn.; they are members of The Rationalists of East Tennessee.

Rationalists?  Making the 500-mile round trip from East Tennessee to Cincinnati just to protest another’s religious belief doesn’t sound . . . well, very rational.

UPDATE:

Noelle Cleverly (pictured above) responded in the comments below. 

While saying that “The purpose of the rally was not to protest anyone’s religious beliefs,” Ms. Cleverly, whose email address includes the phrase “noelletheatheist,” noted:

“8 hours in a car is a small price to do my part in helping bring awareness to such falsehoods.”

In my religion, we believe that a mere mortal can turn wine into blood.  I wonder . . . what is the appropriate travel distance to bring awareness to that religious “falsehood”?

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8 Responses to “Irrationalists”

  1. Drake Says:

    Well, I’m sold. Silly idea, even more ludicrous response.

  2. Noelle Cleverly Says:

    Apparently you didn’t read any of the information available about this rally before making your blog entry. The purpose of the rally was not to protest anyone’s religious beliefs; many religious people participated in the rally. From http://www.rallyforreason.com :” Our purpose: to promote the teaching of science and to raise public awareness of anti-science efforts by religious fundamentalists.” We rallied to bring awareness to the fact that this museum is not based on science, contrary to what they claim. To me, 8 hours in a car is a small price to do my part in helping bring awareness to such falsehoods.

  3. brittney Says:

    *whose email address includes the phrase “noelletheatheist,”*

    So glad you pointed that out. How would I have prejudged her otherwise?

  4. bob Says:

    Prejudge? No.

    Relevance? Yes, since someone who proudly goes by the handle “the atheist,” might not be exactly objective when claiming that a protest was not against a religious belief. Also, since I was the only one who could view the email, I had to be the one to point it out. In truth, Ms. Cleverly should have made reference to her apparently proud support for atheism herself. Full disclosure up front helps to avoid being made to look duplicitous down the road.

  5. bob Says:

    Brittney,
    How about an analogy?

    If someone was at an anti-illegal immigration rally and said that the rally was not anti-immigration, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to note if that person had the email handle, “nativebornamerican”?
    I think so.

  6. Katherine Coble Says:

    In my religion, we believe that a mere mortal can turn wine into blood. I wonder . . . what is the appropriate travel distance to bring awareness to that religious “falsehood”?

    Well, Wyclif’s Lollards pretty much roamed the whole of England to do so. Appropriate or no, it did involve a lot of travel.

  7. Noelle Cleverly Says:

    All it takes is a click on our website and you can find my contact information including my email address of noelletheatheist@yahoo.com as well as my personal myspace page of http://www.myspace.com/noelletheatheist for anyone who was interested in doing a little research. Same info can be found by googling Noelle Cleverly.
    Not exactly hiding it.

    Also, in response to your “Update”, the statement that this Creation Museum is “based on science” is detrimental to society in many ways, starting with making it impossible for people to properly understand science and the scientific method.

    I don’t see how your religious belief that someone can turn wine into water has a similar effect on society.

  8. Drake Says:

    Yeah, look saw your page there. I strongly agree with your Elvis proclivity, but find we do part ways elsewhere. If you aren’t out to sh** on someone’s religion then your playlist and other stridently anti-religious decor makes it hard to tell that. My two cents.

    The museum is ridiculous, but I do stand by my post. I think protests do more disservice to the ones protesting than the offensive impetus that spawned them.