NCSE's Rosenau on Ark Encounter

New Scientist logoNCSE's Josh Rosenau contributed a column, under the headline "School field trips to creationist Ark? Sink that idea right now," to New Scientist (August 5, 2016).

Describing the landlocked Ark Encounter as "a hard-core creationist extravaganza replete with pseudoscience," Rosenau observed that, "From astrophysics to zookeeping, the visitor is deluged with misinformation."

Noting that perhaps because of disappointing visitor numbers the park is offering discount rates for school groups, he warned that it would be unwise for public schools to take field trips to the parks.

In addition to the scientific errors and the legal barriers, he cited the "relentless message" of the park that "our world is as fallen and wicked as Noah's, and that the destruction of the flood ... was not just acceptable but praiseworthy."

Rosenau concluded, "Ark Encounter presents a message as socially divisive as it is scientifically inaccurate."

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