A secular group is demanding that tourism groups stop promoting a "Creationist" zoo which questions the traditional view of evolution.No, me neither...
The Noah's Ark Zoo, in Wraxall, near Bristol, is accused by the British Humanist Association (BHA) of misleading tens of thousands of annual visitors and "threatening public understanding".
Andrew Copson, the group's director of education and public affairs, pontificated thusly:
"We have therefore asked the South West England and Visit Britain tourist boards to stop promoting the zoo.So, that's Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral trips out then..?
"As they are public bodies, we believe it is inappropriate that they should support establishments that seek to urge religious or ideological beliefs upon people in these ways."
"As Noah's Ark Farm Zoo threatens the public understanding of the natural world we have asked the local authority, who issues the zoo with its licence, to ensure that the zoo's education practices are in line with relevant Government and other guidelines."I have to say, having stood outside many zoo enclosures and listened to the general public express their limited understanding of the natural world, I don't think this single solitary zoo is going to be anyone's main concern...
And since when did a zoo have to meet with government guidelines on anything other than public safety and animal welfare, for god's sake?
The zoo's chosen spokeswoman must be a lady well versed in making chippy little nincompoops like Andrew feel two inches tall:
Noah's Ark research assistant Jon Woodward said: "To say that we are not upfront with our beliefs is unfounded. The name Noah's Ark is the first indicator."Heh!
"Out of 120,000, of which a vast amount are made up of parents and school trips, we get approximately 10 complaints a year regarding this topic which is very low. Clearly the public do not share the British Humanist view point."Or, to translate, 'Sit on that and swivel, monkey-boy!'
But isn't this just typical of today's society, where it's not enough to be free to have your own beliefs, you also feel free to stifle another's because it's in direct opposition to yours?
Leg-Iron has some choice words for this bunch too.