Monday, June 13, 2005

BS: Zoo-illogical Gardens

[via The Carpetbagger] When the blue states get smart and secede, I hereby nominate Tulsa, Oklahoma the capitol of the left-behind "Jesusland"...
Biblical account of creation to go on display at Tulsa Zoo [link]

TULSA (AP) — The Tulsa Zoo will add a display featuring the biblical account of creation following complaints to a city board about other displays with religious significance, including a Hindu elephant statue.

The Tulsa Park and Recreation Board voted 3-1 Tuesday in favor of a display depicting the account in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh...

Does the Tulsa Zoo have room for the full-scale Noah's Ark that it will require to tell the full story of all the animals...
[...]"I see this as a big victory," said Dan Hicks, the Tulsa resident who approached the Tulsa Zoo with the idea for the exhibit. "It's a matter of fairness. To not include the creationist view would be discrimination."

No, jackass, to "not include the creationist view" is common sense and probably (hopefully) consistent with the Mission of the zoo to remain educational and based on some semblance of science. And, I love the fact that your name is "Hicks."
Tulsa Zoo exhibit curator Kathleen Buck-Miser estimated it would take about six months to research and organize the creationist exhibit. She expressed qualms about the zoo delving into theological debate.

"I'm afraid we are going in the wrong direction," she said.

Zoo officials argued that the zoo, as a scientific institution, does not advocate religion and that displays like the elephant statue are meant to show the animal's image among cultures. The same exhibit includes the Republican Party's elephant symbol.

Board member Dale McNamara, who voted against the proposal, said the zoo is dedicated to animals and science, not religious beliefs.

"I do not like the idea of scripture at the zoo," she said.

So, one religious jerkoff starts a movement, and since this is Oklahoma, he rapidly has hundreds of wingnut signatures on a petition, and the zoo is forced by the cowardly city council to oblige these fools. Aargh.

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