Did the Ham on Nye debate spur funding to finally build the ark. Color me VERY skeptical. Ham is slimy.
Founders of Northern Kentucky’s controversial Creation Museum said Thursday that enough money has been raised to proceed with a biblical theme park built around a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark.
The museum and its founder, President Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, gained national attention earlier this month after a debate with Science Guy Bill Nye.
How much they raised hasn’t been immediately clear. The format of the announcement didn’t allow reporters to ask questions. In fact, Ham spent much of the announcement railing against reporters and atheist bloggers for “distortions.”
Answers in Genesis officials said they would continue raising money for various phases of the project, including lifetime “boarding passes” costing $3,000 for families and $2,000 for individuals. Ultimately the project is expected to cost more than $120 million.
Nye said he was “heartbroken and sickened for the Commonwealth of Kentucky” after learning that the project would move forward.
As he should be. This was my fear, that the spectacle of the debate would be to raise money for Ham. But, I don’t trust Ken Ham as far as I can throw them. (And he looked foolish in the debate.) The entire premise of the Creation Museum and Ark Park denies reality. The reality is, why would this be a successful investment when the Museum itself is in rough waters? It’s a ridiculous proposal. While there may be plenty of Americans who like the Noah’s Ark and Creation story, a small percentage will actually visit the attractions. And once is enough, actually. The novelty has wore off as Museum numbers attest. When you are struggling with one boondoggle, why would you think the second will succeed? I don’t. The fact that the bonds idea was a fiasco and no specifics were given (no questions were allowed) had me thinking this is a ploy. When it all falls apart, will Ham claim all the nasty naysayers sabotaged it? Probably. He’s doing that already. Way to be enthusiastic about the project, by playing the victim.
I’ve no doubt that THIS Ark is Doubtful News indeed.