Comedian and political commentator John Oliver recently reminded America of something Americans United has been saying for years: Kentucky taxpayers drew the short straw when their government officials gave creationist Ken Ham sweetheart deals to build his Ark Encounter theme park.
An effort to dodge a local tax led the owners of the Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky to flip-flop from being a for-profit endeavor to a nonprofit, and back again, over the course of a month.
The Noah’s-Ark-themed attraction founded by Australian creationist Ken Ham balked at the town of Williamstown’s plan to add a 50-cent surcharge onto the price of each Ark Encounter ticket. Tickets at the park cost $28 to $40, and city officials said the safety fee was intended to raise an estimated $700,000 per year to help pay for fire, police and other emergency services.
A creationist who alleged that the National Park Service discriminated against him because of his religious beliefs after being denied a permit to conduct his young-Earth creationism work will now be able to collect rocks in the Grand Canyon.
One of the most discouraging things about many fundamentalist Christians these days is their utter repudiation of science. It’s not that they can’t understand it – they choose not to try. Furthermore, they often heap disdain upon it.
It is getting a little difficult to keep up with the latest news concerning Australian creationist Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky, but let’s try. I promise you, it’s worth it.
Ken Ham, the Australian creationist who decided to build a replica of Noah’s Ark on the backs of Kentucky’s taxpayers, may have finally gone too far.
When Australian evangelist and creationist Ken Ham decided he wanted to open Ark Encounter, a theme park centered on a rendition of Noah’s Ark in northern Kentucky, he was quick to point out that the facility would be a for-profit enterprise.
A creationist has sued the federal government for allegedly refusing to allow him to collect rocks as part of an effort to show that the Grand Canyon is only a few thousand years old.
Andrew Snelling, who works for Answers in Genesis – the same fundamentalist organization behind the Ark Encounter theme park and Creation Museum in Kentucky – was denied access to Grand Canyon National Park to conduct his young-Earth creationism work.
The Washington Post recently ran a long story about Ark Encounter, the Williamstown, Ky., creationist attraction founded by Ken Ham, who leads the fundamentalist Religious Right organization Answers in Genesis. Although some readers found the story to be oddly sympathetic to Ham, some interesting tidbits are found in it.