Louisville Zoo shaking its fist at God with new saddle-less dinosaur exhibit

The popular “Dinosaurs!” exhibit is coming back to the Louisville Zoo on March 31 and includes 12 animatronic beasts such as the T-Rex and Megalosaurus.

But a quick look at the Louisville Zoo’s website shows that kids will not be taught the Official Scientific Truth of Kentucky when it comes to dinosaurs. Unlike the Gov. Steve Beshear-endorsed beliefs of Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis/Ark Encounter odes to Young Earth Creationism, kids at the zoo will learn that these dinosaurs did not wear saddles with humans atop them a few thousand years ago.

Check out this description of the T-Rex:

“70 million years ago?”

“Flesh-eating” land animal?

As anyone who has been brainwashed by Ken Ham’s Grifter Cult learned from the brilliant “science” of Ken Ham will tell you, dinosaurs like the T-Rex were created a few thousand years ago and lived harmoniously with humans as vegetarians for many years.

To show you what brainwashing the proper education of children looks like, let me share a book I recently received (possibly the greatest book ever made): “Dinosaurs of Eden,” by Ken Ham himself.

In this 2001 children’s book, a pair of kids in the future use a time machine (the “Bible Time-Gate”) to go back to the Garden of Eden, which of course was just 6,000 years ago. There, the kids watch a naked Adam and Eve feed coconuts to vegetarian T-Rexes, as there was no sin, no death, and certainly no meat-eating.

Here we see the carnivorous Ceratosaurus, Deinonychus and Carnotaurus munching on some lemons and bananas, as they were prone to do, leaving Adam and Eve free to get their naked frolic on without disruption:

Fair enough, those dinosaurs would eventually start ripping the heads off of God’s children, but that didn’t come until after The Fall. Before that time, nothing but coconut cracking.

But here’s where we come to another part of the “Dinosaurs!” zoo exhibit that is deficient. Absolutely none of the dinosaurs pictured have a saddle on it’s back, even though it’s well known by brainwashed children and adults who prey on them that humans rode on their backs like horses.

Once again, from “Dinosaurs of Eden,” here is a common sight from the olden days, a camel and dinosaur caravan through the desert:

And here’s an Eskimo about to cross over the Arctic glaciers onto another continent, who couldn’t have done so without the help of his cold-blooded friend:

But eventually humans got tired of domesticating these beasts, and they were all wiped out by jungle people throwing spears:

Now THAT is history, my friends.

Unfortunately, as Ken Ham so eloquently puts it, these folks at the Louisville Zoo are only presenting their heathen view of history because they hate God, and this is their way of lashing out against him with their “millions of years” mumbo jumbo.

That’s not how we do it in Kentucky, where tourist attractions featuring saddled, tame dinosaurs crowding into a giant boat receive a full-throated endorsement by the governor, and up to $43 million in possible tax breaks.

We can only hope that the Louisville Zoo is flooded with calls and letters by outraged parents, demanding that they change their exhibits to omit “millions of years” and add a saddle to the T-Rex robot.

Kentucky deserves no less.

(P.S. — We’ll have much more to come from this book soon, including dragons — both the domesticated pet and menacing terror kind — and…. well, a lot. Stay tuned)


  1. Mikel
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Good for the Louisville Zoo! Why, oh why, is telling the currently understood scientific story about dinosaurs such a controversial act even in 2012? o_O

  2. ironflange
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    That stuff is hilarious!

    Ham’s ignorance shows no bounds.

  3. tubby
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Looking at the scene of all those people riding dinosaurs through a city in bizarro-proto Egypt makes me wonder how much he rippe… I mean borrowed from those Dinotopia books…

  4. Nick Andrew
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    The Carnotaurus is eating an anatomically modern banana!

    I love how they depict the dinosaurs with fruit and vegetation in their mouths just to make it blatantly obvious that they didn’t eat meat, despite the sharp teeth.

  5. John Evans
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    The artist doesn’t even know how bananas grow, for love and money’s sake.

  6. Gina
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Is this kind of brainwashing legal?

  7. Crazyharp81602
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    In my Stupid Dinosaur Lies website I wrote a review about that idiot book which I confirm the dinosaurs found in the book to be fictional dinosaurs in comparison with the real dinosaurs that ruled the earth millions of years ago long before there were any humans on earth. Go read my review. Hope you like it.

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Part 5

  8. jsonka
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Crazyharp. I noticed that the velociraptor and deinonychus were completely off. Will check it out.

  9. andrew
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Eve is hot.

  10. banzaibob
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    @ Tubby – took the words right out of my mouth ;) .

    The delusions these creationist types feed on, just boggles my mind O_O!

  11. Lilburn Lowell Decker
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    What do you call it when CHILDISH FANTASY is believed by adults and presented as history? Young Earth Creationism. Doesn’t it make registered Democrats blush with shame to know that in Kentucky we have a governor who apparently doesn’t know that Young Earth Creationism belongs on the shelves with Harry Potter novels—which are better written—and is willing to give millions of taxpayer dollars to the people who run the Creation Museum to build a Six Flags Over Noah theme park while cutting spending to REAL education?

  12. Joel
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    Well, I’m sure that Deinonychus’ terrible claw had a perfectly reasonable vegetarian purpose. Probably used for climbing trees to get more tasty lemons.

    But I think they made a dangerously heretical mistake in showing a Gallimimus. “Fowl mimic” might lead children to come up with terrible ideas that they wouldn’t be exposed to in Kentucky’s homeschools.

  13. peter
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Are time-travellers depicted at the left in the Pachyrhinosaurus hunting scene?

  14. jsonka
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    peter, those are the precocious hologram youths, correct.

  15. Kim
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Carnotaurus, meaning “meat-eating bull”, happily savouring some bananas.

  16. Dan Robinson
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Hmm…Ok I get it that all the scientists are wrong and hate god but I am confused on one point. The dinos turned nasty after the “fall”. Adam and Eve didn’t know they were naked until after that good ol’ “fall”. so why are all of the folks in the dino caravan dressed? It’s pretty hot there and I would think nakedness would be a wise choice for comfort. And anyway weren’t Adam and Eve alone in Eden when she ate the apple and wrecked everything for everyone? Ah the mystery of it all!

  17. Richard Howland-Bolton
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Not to knock your otherwise splendid review of the Ham-fisted “Dinosaurs of Eden”, but a saddle on the T-Rex robot would be Waaaaay fun!!!

  18. Michael J Corry
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Ham’s ‘museum’ has a ride-on saddled dinosaur. When ever anyone mentions it in a critique of the ‘museum’ Ham says something along the lines of ‘it’s a fun photo opportunity for the kids – not part of the exhibit – we don’t suggest Fred Flintstone style dinosaur transport’. Now we have documentary proof to the contrary – or will he suggest the pictures in the book are just a fun item for the time travellers.
    Or maybe those pictures were added by those dastardly evolutionists to discredit Ken.
    I for one can’t wait to see his blog post about this one.

  19. Frank Lovell Jr.
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    “Is this kind of brainwashing legal? ” asks reader Gina.

    Good question! Alas, it is not only legal (which actually is fine, so far we do still enjoy freedom of speech in America), but for most Christian Bible Fundamentalists it is MANDATORY that children be saddled with the intellectual errors of the Fathers.

    That almost one out of every two (~44% of) Americans thinks physical universe, Earth and life have all existed for less than 10,000 years is one (particularly egregious) example of the colossal failure of American public science education, and a preeminent example of the power of cognitive vigilance in the service of preserving an errant cherished notion in the face of a veritable mountain of diverse empirical evidence to the contrary. It is enough to make many scientifically savvy folks weep.

  20. dogmeat
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink


    You can’t really blame public education for this one. I grew up and lived most of my adult life in the Midwest. There, as an educator, I never had a single student make a creationist argument, argue in favor of “Intelligent Design,” or dispute the scientific evidence for evolution, climate change, the Big Bang, etc.

    About ten years ago I moved out to the southwest. Since then, every year, I’ve had students (and parents) complain about each and every one of those (just’a) theories. I teach a college level European history class, I’ve actually had parents complain that teaching that geocentrism is false is a lie. Don’t get me started about the administrative meeting that we had because they read excerpts from Darwin (but it wasn’t about religion).

    The idiocy displayed here is very much a religious brainwashing issue. No amount of sound, solid public science education will reach many of these poor lost souls (pun intended).

  21. Draken
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    So now we have convincing evidence that the dinosaurs were friendly, fluffy domesticated critters, I also want proof that Adam and Eve were, in fact, stark naked.

  22. Frank Lovell Jr.
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Dogmeat: Sure I CAN blame a failure of American public education for the fact that nearly one out of every two Americans thinking Earth is less than 10,000 years old. I’ll agree that American education does not get ALL the blame, but in my (feeble, admittedly fallible) opinion it gets the lion’s share of the blame. I appreciate and respect that you disagree (as you are entitled to do), but there are other countries that have done a much better job of educating their populations about Earth’s natural history (and yes, some that have done even worse). Sound, solid public science education HAS ALREADY reached many of those who had misplaced their trust in Bible fundamentalists who had sheltered them from the empirical evidence of our natural history (search the Internet and you can find countless many stories of reason finally trumping errant religious.claims).

  23. Golkarian
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    To be fair, considering the amount of time some dinosaurs would need to bask in the sun to warm up and considering their closest living relatives (birds), dinosaurs were probably warm blooded. But great otherwise.

  24. Sharon C.
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Personnally I think the pronunciation captions for the dinosaur names were very helpful. :o /

  25. Zac
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand why an informative article about an educational exhibit at the zoo needed to serve as an attack on an organization that has nothing to do with it. You don’t agree with what that other “museum” teaches, well, its a good thing they’ve never forced to you visit them.

    And for the record, I agree that that place is silly, but I don’t think it’s proper for you to use an informative news article for your crybabying.

  26. Jim
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Zac. This article is ridiculous, and I think a lot of the articles I read in the LEO are asinine and childish. Pretty astonishing, actually.

  27. Sarah Kelley
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Let’s see, in this week’s issue we have stories about the aftermath of a deadly tornado, a panel on death penalty reform, the lingering effect of foreclosures on communities … not exactly asinine or childish.

  28. FunkyTown
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Is it sad that I want this book? SO FREAKING AWESOME.

  29. Hairry1
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Fundamentalists of any religion are so amusing, the only problem is we let them vote

  30. Maryann
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Given everything, this might seem an odd thing to pick on, but I’d really like to know how they made the leap from “dinosaurs were in the Garden of Eden a few thousand years ago” to “early humans domesticated and rode them.” Trying to fit dinosaurs into their creation myth, while not very bright, is relatively understandable. Trying to make them into ponies really puts it over the top.

  31. WhyMe
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Ham’s racism is evident when he says it was the jungle people throwing spears who killed the dinosaurs. Always blame the black guy.

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