Ken is mad at us mean ole atheists and bloggers

In an update to the Ark Park Boondoggle, Ham finds a scapegoat, as usual. 

Noah’s Ark Risks Collapse Without Bond Buyers by February – Bloomberg.

A Kentucky theme park to be built around a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark may sink unless investors purchase about $29 million in unrated municipal bonds by Feb. 6.

The northern Kentucky city of Williamstown in December issued taxable debt for affiliates of Answers in Genesis, a Christian nonprofit, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Even though $26.5 million of securities have been sold, the project needs to sell at least $55 million in total to avoid triggering a redemption of all the bonds, Ken Ham, the nonprofit’s president, said in an e-mail to supporters yesterday. Without the proceeds, construction funding will fall short, he said.

“We still need those Ark supporters who weren’t able to purchase the Ark bonds at closing to prayerfully consider participating in a secondary bond delivery at the level they had indicated to us,” Ham said. “Will you please step out in faith with us?”

Why the poor support? Because it’s a silly idea? Because of the current economy? Nope. Nasty old atheists.

Ken Ham: Ark Encounter close to failure because of “atheists,” “secular” media and possibly the devil himself – FatLip.

Ken Ham further explains in the email that LEO obtained — and I have long assumed would be Ham’s scapegoat/excuse once this fantasy imploded and failed — the trouble with Ark Encounter’s financing is due to the treachery of atheists and godless bloggers, who have sabotaged the giant dinosaur boat, perhaps with the help of The Devil Himself.

He writes:

From atheists attempting to register for the bond offering and disrupting it, to secular bloggers and reporters writing very misleading and inaccurate articles about the bonds, to brokerage firms saying “yes” but after reading these incorrect reports saying “no” in allowing the Ark bonds into their client accounts—the obstacles were numerous and disruptive. Frankly, it has been an extremely stressful and frustrating time for all of us.

GEE! I HOPE THAT’S US!!! How can we mislead? There is one Bible story. We all know it pretty well. It’s not literal. Is that misleading?

But this is the best line from the LEO blog:

How dare the Enemy — capitalized — trick people into not giving millions of their dollars to a man who makes his living getting rich by telling people that humans used to ride through the desert on saddled dinosaurs?

If Doubtful News was helpful in any way in scuttling this incredibly stupid idea, by an incredibly ignorant organization, then HURRAY. WIN!

  20 comments for “Ken is mad at us mean ole atheists and bloggers

  1. January 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    The whole project was a mess from the start, so this is not surprising. But I agree. If potential investors backed off because they saw reason in the posts of prominent online atheist and secular bloggers, then that’s the investors seeing common sense. No sabotage necessary. The whole damn thing sabotages itself.

  2. January 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    “If Doubtful News was helpful in any way in scuttling this incredibly stupid idea, by an incredibly ignorant organization, then HURRAY. WIN!”

    Congratulations on your victory. Good news like this is a victory for all of us.

  3. skeptictmac57
    January 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Bedeviled Ham…hmmm,that reminds me,I could go for a sandwich.

  4. drwfishesman
    January 6, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Now if only KY taxpayers could be reimbursed for all the tax breaks this travesty received.

  5. John
    January 6, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Congratulations to all the sensible atheists out there who try to keep these things in check!

    On a side note, I’d suggest all skeptical eyes and DN keep a very close eye on Australia and its ultra-conservative leaders.
    We are going backwards at an alarming rate. Our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott is the Australian version of Mitt Romney. And hes now in power. I did not intend to hijack this thread. I just want to give you all a heads up (if you didn’t already know) About our terribly backward government.

  6. January 7, 2014 at 4:30 AM

    This can’t say much for the strength of Mr Ham’s convictions. Surely he does not ‘believe’ that a few atheists could have any power to upset his plans. Can he not ask God to sort this one out?

  7. ZombyWoof
    January 7, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    You have to be a real sucker of a bible thumper to toss away your money on that investment.

  8. Adam
    January 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    God is “testing” him, don’t you see?

  9. January 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    So he’s about halfway there. How about if we atheists, skeptics and doubters stump up the rest? On the condition that half the exhibit real-estate is run alongside his rubbish. If his ideas stand up against facts then there shouldn’t be a problem.

  10. January 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Surprisingly then the gullable investors aren’t climbing into the ark 2X2.then.

  11. January 7, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    I somehow missed this story until now. Boy does this make me angry. I thought Christians were supposed to be about helping others and loving their neighbors, etc. Instead, they spend MILLIONS on crap like this? Really? Don’t they know how many hungry people those millions could have fed or sheltered? This is beyond disgusting. If Doubtful News had anything to do with shining light on this then I salute you. Please keep it up. You just gained a new reader.

    • January 8, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      But from their perspective, they might save a soul or two. Surely a more lofty goal than simply feeding a few unbelievers. At least it would be if you believed in that kind of crap.

    • Brian
      January 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Add in the tracts, mega churches, the countless clergy and pastors ridiculous salaries…

  12. JJeffrey
    January 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    And with the debate between him and Bill Nye so near on the calendar, I think the price per admission is likely to rise. Shrewd, sir. Very shrewd. ;)

  13. January 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Atheists and sceptics must have more power than God?

    To quote Homer Simpson: “In your face, Lord!”

  14. Brandon
    January 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Of course he blames atheists and Satan for this difficulty rather than accepting it as God’s judgement against him and his organization.

  15. January 9, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Personally I think Mr Ham is giving us way too much credit. Any legitimate broker would spot how bad an investment this is from a mile away and warn their clients off it.

    Still, if we are to blame, I think quoting the Hulk from Avengers is in order – “Puny god!”

  16. January 9, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    I am also curious as to how accurate the Ark Park will be.

    When one leaves the Ark, having gazed in wonder at the dinosaurs sharing space with the Shrew, does one trip over a drunken, half-naked Noah and get cursed for generations to come ?

  17. January 13, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    I hope you don’t mind me commenting as a Brit, and therefore from an effectively neutral position, but I find this whole Ken Ham thing fascinating. Anyhow, he has finally made a comment on his Facebook page, though not addressing the question of his pet project facing financial ruin, but proclaiming once again that he is not getting a tax break. Oh, and there’s a lame Bible quote.

    I’m beginning to think that Ken Ham is seeing the writing on the wall, and he’s in a state of denial. We shall see. I can’t wait until 6 February, and I’m genuinely hopeful that this sees the beginning of the end of AiG.

  18. January 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I am unable to follow the ‘reasoning’ behind Mr Ham’s and his friends’ worries about funding their Noah project, or the blame they attribute for this to other mortals. Surely Mr Ham has the ‘faith’ that powers greater than those on Earth are behind his project. If so, how can it not succeed?

    Determinists, like myself who ‘know’ that even reason is an illusion, have no such worries. We are aware that the future is as unpredictable as we are that we are unable to change it.

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