Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thou Shalt Not Visit the Creation Museum...

Blogger Joe Sonka of Barefoot and Progressive and his male friend were refused entry into Kentucky's Creation Museum because a security guard thought they were a gay couple. (That evening the museum was celebrating "Date Night.")

According to Sonka, museum staff "explained to us that the Creation Museum Date Night was a 'Christian environment,' therefore the presence of two men eating dinner together would not be allowed. The very sight of this would 'add an un-Christian element to the event' and 'disrupt the evening for everyone.' The Creation Museum rep further informed us that you cannot be a Christian if you are gay, asking 'can you tell me what exactly is Christian about being gay?'

"When asked for the refund on our tickets, which were purchased in advance, he informed us that there would be no refund, since it said explicitly on their web site that 'no gay couples would be permitted to attend their Date Night.'" (An interesting admission, but nowhere on the museum's web site does that information appear.)

Interestingly enough, while the museum feels that banning gay couples from visiting is within God's will, murderers are welcomed. Jeffrey D. Bornhoeft, an Ohio man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting death of his ex-wife's husband, was granted a court-approved visit to Kentucky so he can visit the museum. It is his first trip outside of the state since the trial in 2000.

If this museum is given any type of state or federal funding, it should be shut down immediately. No public place can refuse admission to anyone who is not engaging in illegal, dangerous or inappropriate behavior, and despite conservative views to the contrary, being gay (or appearing to be gay) is not inappropriate.

This incident leads toward a dangerous path of discrimination that in this day and age we should be long past.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'd heard about what happened to you guys. I've blogged about my experience visiting the museum. ( It was also a negative experience, but orders of magnitude less than yours.

    I used your photo (above) in a montage; hope that's ok. Let me know if not, and I'll remove it.