The world’s media gathered at the Scopes trial to see the Bible ridiculed in open court. The world’s media is gathered here to see the Bible upheld and Christianity defended. And what a statement it is to the world. – Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis president
Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, poses with one of his favourite animatronic dinosaurs during a tour of the new Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. (AP / Ed Reinke)
By ALLIE MARTIN
May 30, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post
PETERSBURG, Kentucky – The president of Answers in Genesis says recent media coverage of the opening of the Creation Museum is comparable to the coverage of the Scopes trial. On Saturday and Monday, more than 100 media personnel, representing print, radio, television and the Internet, covered the opening of the new facility.
The 60,000-square-foot Creation Museum opened last weekend in northern Kentucky. Answers in Genesis (AIG) president Ken Ham says the coverage was on par with the 1925 “Scopes trial,” a watershed in the creationism-evolution controversy.
“I see this as almost a reversal of the Scopes trial,” Ham notes. “The world’s media gathered at the Scopes trial to see the Bible ridiculed in open court,” he says. “The world’s media is gathered here to see the Bible upheld and Christianity defended. And what a statement it is to the world.”
Media on hand for the opening weekend included representatives from all major U.S. television networks, along with National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting Service, and even a crew from the Washington, DC, offices of the Arabic media network Al Jazeera. But the co-founder of AIG says many high-profile Christians have remained silent about the project.
“The main Christian spokespersons in the world are not saying much. The silence is deafening,” Ham observes. “I think they’re trying to play it safe; they want to see what happens,” he says. “There’s a couple of great men who would stand up to say something publicly if they were able to, like Dr. D. James Kennedy — he’s very ill — and Dr. Jerry Falwell, who went to be with the Lord.”
Nevertheless, “a lot of the mainstream Christian groups are very quiet,” Ham notes. “That is sad, but the Christian media are here, the radio stations and television and so on, so the message will get out there,” he says. More than 3,000 people toured the museum when it opened Monday.
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