Creationism conference a money-making event

Forget the truth, creationists are in it for the money. In “Beautiful in Bozeman, Montana,” cellular and molecular biologist and Answers in Genesis lecturer Georgia Purdom (“She seeks to understand the original, created, “very good” roles of bacteria in the pre-Fall world and genetic mechanisms that have led to their adaptations and pathogenicity in a post-Fall world”) recaps her experience in Bozeman participating in the “Fact Over Fiction: Countering Myths in Biology” conference earlier this month (I was unable to attend, so I set up this Facebook event). From her post:

One young man (probably eight or nine years old) impressed me with his question of how to deal with the teaching of evolution in the public school which he attended. Since I have a daughter in public school, this question was very relevant to me. I told him to learn as much as he possibly could about evolution and to be the creationist in the class that gets 100% on the test about evolution! One can only defend their own position well if he or she knows the counter position well. I also told him to learn the counter arguments from a biblical creation perspective concerning what he was being taught (our Evolution Exposed series is a great tool for this—even for elementary age children with a parent’s assistance).

People were hungry for resources, and we sold out on many items. Two ladies told me that they wished they could take me home so I could answer questions when they had them. I told them the better idea (because I like my own home!) was to get equipped through our resources like books and DVDs and our website. Probably one of my favorite resources is the New Answer Book series. I told them that’s where I look when I have questions about geology, paleontology, and astronomy which are not in my area of expertise.

Boom – two plugs for money into the pockets of Answers in Genesis! At $21.95 per head at the Creation Museum, surely AIG is pulling it in (but, to get in, you must leave your head at the door).

Non Sequitur, October 8, 2005

Non Sequitur, October 8, 2005

Should we be concerned about such places? Yes, says Michael Zimmerman, founder of The Clergy Letter Project, in “The Dangers of Ignoring Creationism”:

… as amazing as it might seem, Answers in Genesis and the Discovery Institute have the ability to shape public policy in frightening ways. Unless many of us keep pointing out what they’re all about, they may well succeed in reshaping America and redefining science in a manner that will do irreparable damage.

That said, there are some FREE resources for science & evolution education listed in my sidebar, under Evolution & Science Education.

Also, the student paper of Montana State University (The Exponent) addressed the conference in its latest issue, here.

4 thoughts on “Creationism conference a money-making event

  1. If people would stop listening to these “creationist clowns”, and invite the leading expert on Genesis, about all of their questions would be answered, and evolution would be exposed as a misinterpretation of the 600 million year fossil record of death.

    The “Observations of Moses” is the name of the PowerPoint presentation that schools and churches can host for people to learn the truth of pre-historic history. School boards can schedule the presentation called “Education Reform”, which can be taught to science teachers.

    Herman Cummings

  2. Pingback: Dinosaur & Paleontology News Watch » Blog Archive » Creationism conference a money-making event

  3. I wonder if Purdom knows that the cochlear implant she mentions as having received is in part due to the work of a former student of mine, an evolutionist.

  4. I doubt she knows. And if she did, she’d never spread the good news about it.

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