Monday, May 23, 2005


Surrealistic Parallel World

The Mail & Guardian Online out of South Africa has this about the latest tourist attraction in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

"Nestling deep in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas, in the heart of the United States's Bible Belt, this is the first dinosaur museum to take a creationist perspective. Already thousands of people have flocked to its top-quality exhibits, which mix high science with fundamentalist theology that few serious scientists accept...

"That well-spring of popular belief, and the political clout that comes with it, is the inspiration behind the museum. It is not interested in debating with mainstream science. It simply wants to represent the view of a significant slice of the US...

"The museum forms part of a Bible-based theme park in Eureka Springs; the car park is full of cars and coaches from all over the country. To enter the museum is to explore a surrealistic parallel world. Biblical quotes appear on displays. The first has dinosaurs, alongside Adam and Eve, living in harmony. The ferociously fanged T rex is likely to be a vegetarian... "


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