Famed Creationist Semi-Freaks Out Over Yale Student Musical

Ken Ham, CEO of creationist evangelical organization Answers in Genesis USA, has a documented disdain for the Ivy League. Last month, Atheism Resource reported that Ham had been fretting over the future of Christian colleges -- namely, that their curriculum was becoming more secular like Harvard and Yale. "We're well down the road" of secularism, he told the Christian Post.

Now it looks like he's got another beef with higher education. Yesterday, the Yale Institute for Musical Theatre announced a run of four student plays scheduled for this month, including one that apparently skewers the powerful money machine behind creationist organizations. Titled The Profit of Creation, the musical "concerns a liberal scientist who takes a bribe from a right-wing organization to head up the "Creation Museum" in Kentucky," according to the YIMT. The Creation Museum, of course, is the Ham-founded interactive institution that puts forth its selective Bible theories about dinosaurs, God, and Noah's Ark.

As Barefoot and Progressive points out, the plot of this particular musical isn't exactly Jesus Christ Superstar (that old liberal hippie production, that) and may kiiiind of hit close to home. Yesterday, after Ham got the news that his museum would be starring in a play staged in a secular school's musical theater, he took to Facebook. "I guess we should be flattered the Creation Museum name is so well known to be flattered this way!" he wrote. The comments on his post are totally worth reading for a good time.

If you're in the New Haven area and wish to attend, you can get tickets here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 9, 2011, 6:57am

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