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RE: Question For Those Of You Who Are Museum Workers

I read that article and I don't think that there is any way to skirt that issue 
without turning it into a debate.  It makes me sick that here we are in the 
beginning of the 21st century with an increasing understanding of how life 
works and have millions of examples of ancient life that predates mankind and 
we still have those in this world that desperately cling to the belief that 
creation really happened in 6 days.  It's like those "creationists" are afraid 
to hear the truth or acknowledge the truth because it somehow contaminates 
their faith. I actually knew a person that honestly and completely believed 
that dinosaur fossils were placed in the earth by satan to confuse us all.  No 
amount of discussion would change her unfailing hold on to that belief.   

Aaron Sticht

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
Richard W. Travsky
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 4:01 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Question For Those Of You Who Are Museum Workers

Museum workers in America, I guess, to be more specific...

Not tying to start a debate here, but was a tad shocked by the following
item. Just curious if you've encountered this; you can reply to me off 
list if you want.


WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. museums are preparing for increasingly 
vocal challenges to evolution exhibits, including those of the 
Washington-based National Science Foundation.

Museum lecturers and docents say they are being frequently confronted by 
small groups of creationists eager to vocally challenge evolution, The New 
York Times reported Tuesday.

As a result, an increasing number of museums are training their staff in 
methods of dealing with people who reject long-settled precepts of science 
on religious grounds.

The National Science Foundation, sponsoring evolution-themed exhibits at 
six museums of natural history across the nation, includes training for 
docents and staff members in how to respond to creationists.