The president of the organization that built a tax-payer subsidized “replica” of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky blames atheists for its failure to make a profit.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, built the $92 million Ark Encounter project in Williamstown, Kentucky. The “dismal failure” of the project has backers lashing out at “intolerant atheists” for mocking the return on investment taxpayers have received, reported Bob Brigham of Raw Story.
“Sadly, they are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way that they may prevent Grant County, Kentucky, from achieving the economic recovery that its officials and residents have been seeking,” Ham complained as he refused to take accountability for the failing project.
“Why so many lies and misinformation? Simply because we are in a spiritual battle, and the intolerant secularists are so upset with such world-class attraction like the Ark (and Creation Museum) that publicly proclaim a Christian message,” Ham said, ignoring the fact that belief in the ark and the creation of mankind existed long before Christianity. “They will resort to whatever tactics they deem necessary to try to malign the attractions.”
It wasn’t just the atheists Ham blamed for the ridiculous use of taxpayer money, he also blamed “fake news.”
“Nowadays, it seems very few reporters in the secular media actually want to report facts regarding what they cover as news,” Ham said. “I’ve found that not only do these kinds of reporters generally do very poor or lazy research, they will actually make things up for their agenda purposes.”
“The ‘fake news’ angle used by Ham doesn’t exactly hold water. As Patheos notes, while one recent article did err on two small points related to the Ark Encounter, local business owners haven’t challenged accounts that their profit margins haven’t been raised by Ham’s project,” Alternet reported. “Estimates for the park’s annual draw were between 1.4 and 2.2 million visitors annually. Now approaching the one-year anniversary of its grand opening, park co-founder Mike Zovath said visitor tallies will hit 1 million as of July. But that figure can’t be confirmed by outside sources.”
What do you think is the cause of the failing use of taxpayer money? Is is atheists and fake news? Or was it a dumb idea to think someone would actually make money, or even break even, with a theme park like this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)