I’m still in the Czech Republic at the AFO science film fest, but I wanted to quickly post this funny article that Hemant Mehta just sent me: Ken Ham sez Skeptics Not Telling the Truth, referring to a Skeptical Inquirer article that quotes me talking about the Paranormal Road Trip at CSICon:
The visit by Richard Wiseman, Jon Ronson, and Rebecca Watson to the Creation Museum in Kentucky didn’t happen. Recounted Watson: “They said yes, you can film. But you can’t make fun of us. We ended up skipping it.”
Ham spends several paragraphs building an ironclad argument that I lied about that, which is very strange. He seems to think “we ended up skipping it” is code for “the evil creationists barred the door and are hiding something.” No, actually. Their PR person was very polite, and she was clearly concerned that we would make fun of their beliefs. At our other stops, the believers we talked with were by and large aware that their beliefs were weird and were fine with us having fun and making jokes. It didn’t seem to us that the creationists would like it if we made jokes about their weird beliefs, which is perfectly reasonable. Here is what their spokesperson said, in part:
While I know you may disagree with what the Creation Museum is all about, we wanted to make sure you weren’t approaching it with the attitude that people who hold those views are “weird” or to be made fun of.
I think that’s understandable from their perspective. Because it was sounding like we couldn’t really have fun without worrying about the creationists later watching the videos and getting upset and feeling that we broke a promise if we were sarcastic, we skipped it and went to Mammoth Cave instead.
So that’s that, really. Much to Ken Ham’s disappointment, we aren’t spreading any kind of conspiracy theory about them. We really did just decide to skip their anti-science museum in favor of actual science.
I think you all won’t be disappointed, though, because we got some fun videos out of our trip, that will debut online for free within the next few weeks!
EDIT: after posting I realized I forgot to reference back to my title. I was going to make a joke about Ham saying we were just too cheap because we didn’t want to pay for our tickets. I AM cheap, though, to be fair.