By Tim Binnall
A McDonald's restaurant in Arizona found itself the target of an agitated conspiracy theorist who took issue with them having a massive dinosaur statue in front of the building because, he contends, such creatures never existed! The bizarre dispute reportedly began last month when a man named Josh Brown took to the Facebook group Christians Against Dinosaurs to express his concern about the huge Tyrannosaurus Rex which sits outside the establishment in Tuscon. "Please help! This McDonald's has this dinosaur and refuses to remove it," he declared, urging group members to "call the manager and demand the removal of this blasphemy!"
Brown, it would appear, is a believer in the fairly obscure, but still very real conspiracy theory that dinosaurs did not exist and that the creatures are actually a creation of nefarious forces intent on misleading the public about the 'true' history of the planet. While some suspected that the Facebook post was some kind of clever satirical message, it turns out that was not the case as a local media outlet tracked down the man behind the post and he confirmed that it was genuine.
"It seems to me that every dinosaur story and display or dinosaur-themed event is furthering the myth that the Earth is much older than the Bible says it is," he explained, "the dinosaur should go unless they’re willing to compromise with a plaque of some kind stating that it’s a fictional character." For their part, the McDonald's at the center of the 'controversy' say that, despite Brown's best efforts, they have yet to receive any complaints about the dinosaur statue other than his Facebook post and have no plans to remove it.
Ironically, it would seem that Brown's post backfired in a big way for him as he now claims that it caused him to become the target of all manner of online harassment from people who "spew insults and threats." Adding insult to injury, the conspiracy theorist also revealed that he has been ousted from the Facebook group where the kerfuffle all began, suggesting that the administrators of the page did not take too kindly to his unique form of 'activism.'