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Creation Museum Etiquette and Safety

Over 200 of us have signed up for the trip to the Creation Museum and we're very excited about the trip!

However, it's been brought to our attention that a few commenters on PZ's blog have written some really absurd, disrespectful things about what they plan to do while at the Museum. We know that people post stupid things in blog comments and that the comments on PZ's blog can be especially vitriolic (indeed, PZ has described the comments section of his blog as " bacon-chummed shark-, piranha-, and candiru-infested waters"). We suspect that most of the people posting these things aren't actually coming to the museum with us. We also know that if any of these posters are actually heading to the Museum with us, that they know how to behave in a respectful and courteous manner in person--even if they push the envelope in blog comments.

Although we know that the vast majority of atheists, agnostics and humanists are lovely people, the folks in charge of security at the museum are still getting to know us. Because they are still getting to know us, they are concerned by these comments. Of course we're going to be respectful and civil while we are guest at their facility, but we want to do everything we can to assure them that we're going to be nothing more than a group of "quietly chortling, science-minded people" while at the museum.

To reassure the security team at the Creation Museum we're asking everyone who's coming with us to agree to the following:

By attending the SSA-sponsored trip to the Creation Museum, you are agreeing to the following:

  1. You will abide by all Creation Museum policies and staff instructions;
  2. You will behave in a courteous and respectful manner to all Museum staff, visitors, media, and property;
  3. You understand that the Secular Student Alliance is not responsible for any actions taken by Museum personnel resulting from inappropriate behavior or a failure to abide by these policies.

Behaving in a courteous manner does include an eye to your clothing. While we have encouraged you to wear clothing representing your beliefs, we do have to be clear that offensive clothing will not be tolerated by museum staff. We're thinking that being positive is the way to go here. So go for the "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist" or "Ask me about natural selection" shirt instead of ones more directly critical of religion. Please use your best judgment and err on the side of courtesy.

If respect and courtesy are not what you have in mind, then we would rather that you stay home. If you have already registered and feel that you are not able to abide by these policies, please contact us by August 5th, 2009 to get a full refund of your ticket purchase.

You will be asked to sign a statement agreeing to the above when you claim your ticket. If you are unwilling to abide by the above policies, or are unwilling to sign such a statement, you will not be given your ticket, and at that point your money cannot be refunded.

One of the big deals of the ideology that the Creation Museum is trying to advance is that belief in evolution leads to immoral behavior. What better way to open their minds than being the civil, respectful, intelligent people that we are?
Creation Museum Posted Policy
Please take a look at the posted policies of the Creation Museum, which they were kind enough to share with us:
The Creation Museum is private property, an outreach of Answers in Genesis. Guests at the museum are expected to conduct themselves in a polite, respectful manner at all times. Loud, disrespectful, destructive, obscene, or abusive behavior will not be tolerated, and may result in your removal from the premises. Please be courteous to other guests, security personnel, and our staff while you are here. Thank you!

Also, please be advised that vehicles and all packages, bags, and articles may be subject to inspection when on the premises or when entering or leaving the premises.
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