Sleazy PZ's attack on the Cincinnati Zoo
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Creation Museum have made a joint marketing agreement and are selling "combo tickets" to get into both attractions for one price.
The Cincinnati Zoo is promoting an anti-science, anti-education con job run by ignorant creationists.
Sleazy PZ has done everything but explain how the missions of the zoo and the Creation Museum are inconsistent or incompatible. Some of the commenters on PZ's blog have even raised the so-called "separation-of-church-and-state" issue! However, the courts have ruled that infringement upon church-state separation may be excused for a secular purpose that is not a sham, and helping to provide revenue, visitors, and publicity for the zoo is such a secular purpose.
Also, the combo-ticket deal is not permanent but is just a one-time promotion that is good through Jan. 4. The apparent reason for the combo-ticket deal is that both the Zoo and the Museum have special holiday-season events.
The Creation Museum is a $25 million facility and attracts a lot of visitors. Selling the combo-tickets to visitors to the Creation Museum -- who otherwise might not be interested in visiting the zoo -- generates a lot of revenue, visitors, and publicity for the zoo. I myself was not aware of the importance of the Cincinnati zoo -- I only knew it was the home of the last known passenger pigeon, "Martha," who died there in 1914. The Cincinnati area does not have a lot of big tourist attractions, so I don't see what is wrong with two big tourist attractions in the area teaming up. The zoo would be cutting off its nose to spite its face by canceling the combo-ticket deal. PZ and his narrow-minded followers show that they don't care about hurting the zoo's conservation and wildlife preservation efforts.
Also, the zoo and the museum are a good match -- the museum has a petting zoo and a lot of displays of prehistoric animals. The displays of prehistoric animals are certainly educational, regardless of any disputes over the ages of the fossils.
Sleazy PZ also posted his attack on Panda's Thumb.
Info on how to contact the zoo is here. I intend to contact the zoo to counter PZ's campaign against the combo-ticket deal. I urge others to do the same.
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