A group of creationists in the Boise, Idaho area are seeking funds to build The Northwest Science Museum, which they claim will urge visitors to "think critically" about the Earth's natural history, Boise State Public Radio (BSBP) reports.
Geologist Doug Bennett told BSPR that the "first thing" visitors will see when they walk up to the Science Museum is "a full scale replica of Noah's Ark." In a promotional video, he further explains that what will set this Science Museum apart is "that it will explain both the Biblical and naturalistic points of view side-by-side."
"This way," he continues, "visitors can see both views and determine for themselves which theory makes the most sense, and which theory matches the evidence we see in the world around us."
"We want to bring that out and say, 'Ok, people. Let's make your choice here.' Don’t just believe because you’re being told that. Think for yourself. Use critical thinking and think, does this make sense?" Bennett says. "Or is it better to believe what the Bible says -- that God created all things."
Stan Lutz, a field paleontologist, adds "that our goal here is present the true science that has been hidden from the public. We have artifacts that even confound the most ardent evolutionists," most notably the so-called "Ica stones," which as Lutz explains in another video, proves that humans and dinosaurs interacted.
Lutz claims the stones are less than 6,000 years old, which to his mind, proves that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. "After all," he says, "if they didn't know what dinosaurs looked like, how can they carve them in these stones so intricately?"
The Ica Stones are a favorite artifact of many conspiracy theorists, even though a 1977 Nova documentary revealed that they were the creation of the man who allegedly found them, Dr. Javier Cabrera, who also confessed to having sculpted them.
This finding has not deterred creationist, however, who insist that just because "there are some fake Ica Stones out there...and frauds have been made, doesn't mean the real ones have been discredited."
In both videos, Lutz claims the Northwest Science Museum contains "genuine" Ica Stones. "This stone right here, you can see there's a man on it riding on a triceratops dinosaur," he says in one of the videos. We have rocks showing at least 14 species of dinosaur that are all accurately drawn."