Saturday, January 27, 2018
A smug dismissal. . .
Whatever hesitance I have in visiting either is more than made up for by the almost uniform disdain of the educated elites in condemning both. The Creation Museum is treated less as a museum than a Six Flags for Fundies and the monumental effort of the Green/Hobby Lobby family is undermined at every turn. Yet under all of this is the remarkable difference between the average American and those who hail from liberal academia. Most Americans are at least curious but the skepticism of the liberal, progressive, secularist, avant guarde seem to have not even a shred of curiosity. They only condemn.
They complain about the manner in which some of the antiquities were obtained. Well enough, I guess, except that at least they were maintained in a region well known for destroying its own history! They complain that it is an intrusion to have something so overtly religious -- especially one so close to the halls of government. There is no wall high enough or deep enough to separate church and state for these folks. They complain that the folks who have put these together are not intellectual heavy weights (at least not in the crowd they hang with). I guess the only true education is a thoroughly secular one and the only true intellectual is one who does not believe in anything except himself and what he espouses.
Both the Creation Museum and the Museum of the Bible have shown the great gulf between America's intellectual and academic elite and the ordinary folks across the country. This is a problem. The problem is not that Christians are slighted or Christian history smugly cast aside but that many (dare I say most) of those who are regarded as the brightest bulbs in the room have disdain for and dismiss most Americans as being ignorant, superstitious, foolish, gullible, and naive. For these folks the only good religion is one that does not hold to much except that which justifies what is politically correct (at least at this juncture in time) and the only good religious person is one who does not vote for our leaders or speak in public.
Strangely, most Americans at least listen to those who disagree with them. Those who are often considered narrow minded and judgmental watch TV, listen to the news, and read -- especially the opinions of those intellectuals who seem to dominate news and opinions. But, it seems, the other side prefers to complain and condemn the "other side" without bothering at all to listen or learn much about it. I wrote a while back about how the retired leader of Public Broadcasting went out on a tour of America (outside the saltwater and urban bastions of liberalism) and found, to his surprise, that Americans were not bitter, selfish, ignorant, or jealous but mostly content, generous, well informed, and happy.
We live in a polarized society but it seems that this works more to the advantage of those who find the Creation Museum or Museum of the Bible to be shockingly naive and who have judged most Americans (especially the Trump voters) to be positively neanderthal in the politics, religion, and culture. Without bothering to listen or learn, they can condemn with impunity and, since they have control of much of the media, they have a self-serving platform on which to disseminate their condemnations and bitterness.