Repeal Science for the Holidays, Just $25.95!

You have to look at this holiday ticket offer from the Cincinnati Zoo:

This holiday season, save more by visiting two of the areas fantastic attractions. Cincinnati Zoo and the Creation Museum. Ticket is valid for one day regular admission to each attraction plus the holiday events PNC Festival of Lights (Nov. 28-Jan.4) and Bethlehems Blessings featuring a live Nativity scene(Dec 12 Jan. 4)

Save more with our new Combination Attraction Ticket:
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Creation Museum The Creation Museum, located seven miles west of the Cincinnati Airport, presents a walk through history. Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 70,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life.

Care to comment? Make sure to send a note to the Cincinnati Zoo.

Something about destroying any pretense to scientific credibility in one fell swoop sounds about right.

Update: The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Cincinnati Zoo has removed the double ticket package with the AIG Creation Museum. The CZ flacks apparently still don’t get it, saying that they did so because all the negative feedback was a “distraction”. So don’t expect them to get it right in the future; they have not indicated that they have had a learning experience.

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5 thoughts on “Repeal Science for the Holidays, Just $25.95!

  • 2008/12/01 at 1:29 am
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    I read this and was stunned. I sent the following:

    To Whom It May Concern-

    Is the holiday ticket offer for a Combination Attraction Ticket: of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Creation Museum meant as some sort of early April Fool’s joke?
    To advertise the Creation Museum as a “…walk through history” is a jaw-dropper. Creationists, and the Creation Museum, are anti-science, anti-history, anti-evolution, and anti-education – they stand against everything a good zoo or botanical garden stands for. Do you truly wish to promote their agenda of deliberate ignorance and historical revisionism?
    The faint hope that some child might visit the Zoo after the Creation Museum and question what they had been taught about animals being created in kinds, or whether people actually did ride vegetarian dinosaurs (both of which are supported by creationists) is not enough to justify the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden giving these (insert favorite expletive here) a shred of legitimacy.
    Creationists have neither science or history to stand on, and so rely on public relations and stealth school board members to try to get their beliefs taught in the public schools. Their association with a reputable entity such as yourselves undermines every parent who is fighting to keep good science standards in the public schools.
    Please, for the sake of good science education, reconsider any promotions involving the Creation Museum.

    Sincerely,
    An embattled parent

  • 2008/12/01 at 2:46 am
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    Oh yea, it’s funny when atheists celebrate X-mas but complain when joint marketing happens to promote the very popular worldwide holiday…Are you one of those atheists who like to celebrate X-mas but deny that that it is a religious holiday?

    The ad said the museum brings Bible history to life, that is true and this is what they mean by “history!” This ties in with the X-mas story which people think tie in with the holiday. Marketing X-mas is what makes the US economy go round and round…

  • 2008/12/01 at 3:09 am
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    This is not any “War on Christmas” item. I’m not any sort of atheist, Michael… I’m a United Methodist. I thought we had covered that before. I’ve certainly mentioned it several times here.

    The Cincinnati Zoo is “part of the public school system” according to their own website.

    Part of the public school system in Cincinnati since 1975, the Zoo hosts a four-year college prepatory program – Zoo Academy. The Cincinnati Zoo is proud to serve as the leading non-formal science educator in Southwest Ohio. Over 300,000 students participate in the Zoo’s educational programs annually.

    They can’t claim to be science educators and promote anti-science in the form of young-earth creationism. Beyond that, they may be opening themselves up for a lawsuit under the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Any way you slice it, this shows a clear lack of critical thinking on the part of the administration of the Cincinnati Zoo.

  • 2008/12/01 at 6:33 pm
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    Just what was some administrator thinking of?
    After all the lawsuits which have found that creationism, even in its latest alias of “intelligent design”, is nothing more than religion dressed up to sound like science, it seems that there are *still* lots of people who don’t get it.
    Withdrawing the ticket offer because of the alleged “distraction” without any mention of the anti-science nature of the so-called “Museum” will only lead to suspicion of other ticket offers.

    Ken Smith
    Assistant Chaplain
    The University of Queensland
    Australia

  • 2008/12/01 at 7:06 pm
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    Understood, your a theist. I must have missed your post on your religious background. Well I don’t really consider your view about the zoo, as an attack on “X-mas” per say. It’s more of a creationism type conflict your have.

    So do you believe X-mas (a religious holiday) should be marketed by the zoo as long as it doesn’t team up with the creation museum? Even without the creationist museum, wouldn’t promoting a religious holiday conflict with secular science which is what the zoo promotes most of the year?

    Well as far as lawsuit, since the promotion is connected with X-mas between the two. And since X-mas is a federal holiday, the zoo should have no fear in lawsuits. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen down the line. Someone could get all worked up over it, then decides to file a lawsuit for media attention. Some have tried to file a lawsuit to take “In God We Trust” off the coins.

    The Zoo is also like a business, to promote good relations among a diversified community which includes the religious community.

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