The following letter was received by Rally for Reason. It is representative of a criticism we have heard of our effort.
My answer follows.
The name of the sender has been redacted.
I have been following the planning and building of this "museum" since
the beginning. I am equally dismayed that visitors will be mis-informed
by the exhibits, but what are you going to do? People will believe
what they want to believe, what they are taught to believe. And they
have already been taught these un-truths in their churches and in their
homes. At least the children will hear the other side of the story at
school and will have the opportunity to choose for themselves.
I firmly believe that this too will pass. Many fine, respected museums
are struggling financially to stay open. The Freedom Center in
Cincinnati for one. The Creation Museum will not be around for long.
Too few people will take it seriously. As long as government money is
not involved in keeping it open, I plan to ignore it. I'll laugh when
people bring it up, but I will save my anger and passion for greater threats
to the Constitution.
Thank you for your good work.
(Senderís Name Redacted)
You are quite correct when you say that people will believe as they will.
And we do not in any way contest their right to do so. They can believe that things fall up when dropped with no complaint from me.
The "Rally for Reason" is to let people know we will not permit this mythical world view to take us back to another Dark Ages.
It is to let legislators, who may be toying with the idea of teaching religious fundamentalism as science, that there are educated adults who intend to prevent them from doing so.
Government money is already being spent to advertise the museum of nonsense that Ken Ham built.
Consider just why, as you say, "Many fine, respected museums are struggling financially to stay open," while the "Creation Museum" has raised 27 Million dollars and will open debt free.
At this moment, bills are pending in both Ohio and Kentucky to teach Bronze Age mythology in science classes.
That is a substantial threat to our Constitution.
Come and join us in saying that we do not want to have to retake the same ground that knowledge has previously so painfully won.
Come and help us say NO to the idea that science is bad.
Come and help us hold back the darkness.
By Edwin F. Kagin for the Rally For Reason