Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Debate in Tulsa About Creationist Zoo Exhibit

Any thoughts about this?

Christian Creationism Exhibit at Tulsa Zoo a Top Priority for Mayoral Candidate
A mayoral candidate in Tulsa, Okla., is reportedly putting a Christian creationism exhibit in the Tulsa Zoo among her top priorities, along with addressing crime and budget issues.

Republican Anna Falling says the people of Tulsa must recognize that God needs to be honored in the city, Tusla World reported.

"If we can't come to the foundation of faith in this community, those other answers will never come," she told the paper.

As part of that effort, Falling has resurrected a failed push for an exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo that would tell the Genesis story of God creating the world in six days and resting on the seventh, originally proposed by Christian activist Dan Hicks in 2005, Tulsa World reported.

"Installation of this exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo was raised in 2005, discussed, vetted and resolved in a very public process involving the entire community," Zoo officials said in a prepared statement, "A public vote four years ago by the Parks Board resolved the issue."

The zoo currently has a display of the earth's creation from a scientific point of view and an elephant-like statue said to represent the Hindu god Ganesha, Tulsa World reported.

Falling, a former city councilor and founder of several Christian non-profit groups, also stressed the need to reserve leadership positions for those who will "honor God," the paper reported.


Victoria said...

This article brings a few different personal opinions to mind.

Firstly, I don't see that placing a Christian themed display can be or should be a point of argument if other religious (and I believe evolution to be a type of religion) displays are being permitted.

Secondly, I believe the Mayoral Candidate is out of line making such religiously biased statements and is actually harming the Christian movement more than she is aiding it with her confrontational arguments. I see nothing wrong with her championing the idea and making the point that there should be no grounds for refusal given the other religious displays. However some of her assertions sound rather unconstitutional and thus will just serve to agitate people towards Christians as a result.

My thoughts.

Virginia Peterson said...

The court decisions, that have said displays of religious items are ok if various religions are represented, have been a good thing in some ways, in that Christian ideas can be promoted. (But on the other hand, it puts Christianity as just one of a variety of religions, as if they are all equal in truth.) In this case, if they're going to have religious ideas about creation included, they should have a variety of views to make it more balanced and truly educational.

Karen Leuenberger said...

The Reformed school of theology has a term for this type of thinking: Two-Kingdom confusion. Basically, we cannot advance the Kingdom of God by the political will of the kingdom of man - it's been tried more than once and always fails miserably. Jesus' frequent comparisons of the kingdom to the growth of plants or to hidden things alludes to the mysterious, behind-the-scenes way that God Himself grows the kingdom. The last paragraph about the mayor's desire that positions of leadership be reserved for people who "respect God's principles" or something to that effect is actually quite concerning to me. To paraphrase Luther, given the choice, I'll vote for a wise and benevolent athiest over a foolish and proud Christian.