by Michael Gregory Steele and Herman B. HayesWhen I caught my son, Michael Jr. playing with toy dinosaurs a couple years back I was furious. "How could you let those godless evolutionists corrupt you with these blaphemous toys," I asked him. His pathetic 10 year old reply was "because they're cool." I wonder how cool he thought his toys were while he watched me burn them all into a melted plastic mass in our yard.
But maybe Michael Jr. was actually on to something...
You see some creationists have now decided to co-opt the coolness of dinosaurs. Yes, maybe dinosaurs in all their coolness do have a place within the story of creation. According to an LA Times article creation scientists are using dinosaurs to glorify God instead of using them to turn children away from Jesus Christ:
"We're putting evolutionists on notice: We're taking the dinosaurs back," said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, a Christian group building a $25-million creationist museum in Petersburg, Ky., that's already overrun with model sauropods and velociraptors.I had always personally thought that dinosaurs were an invention of godless evolution proponents. These creatures that contradicted the story of creation were no more real to me than unicorns -- simply a marketing ploy to sell kids on the idea of evolution. But after reading this article I can now say that dinosaurs did in fact exist.
"They're used to teach people that there's no God, and they're used to brainwash people," he said. "Evolutionists get very upset when we use dinosaurs. That's their star."
You see, according to creation scientists, dinosaurs were around in the Garden of Eden but they weren't meat eaters until Adam and Eve ate that forbidden apple. Also, according to the theory, some dinosaurs were among the animals on Noah's Ark while the rest were drown in the great flood. These creationists are insightful enough to read between the lines of the Bible. Sure it didn't say there were dinosaurs on Noah's Ark but it also didn't say there weren't dinosaurs there.
Given this new information, I have come up with a fun art project to work on with Michael Jr. We're going to be creating a model of the Garden of Eden complete with dinosaurs. Yes, I think a velociraptors would look great daintily nibbling on a carrot next to the Tree of Knowledge.
It looks like you were actually right about something for a change, Michael Jr., dinosaurs can be cool.
Idiotic counter-point: Agnosticism / Atheism