The organization behind a tax-payer subsidized “replica” of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky is blaming atheists for tax-payers getting fleeced by the project. Creationist Ken Ham 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. “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,” complained Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis. “Why so many lies and misinformation? Simply because we are in a spiritual battle, and the intolerant secularists are so upset with such a world-class attraction like the Ark (and the Creation Museum) that publicly proclaims a Christian message,” Ham claimed.
He continued, “I have never seen so much hatred in anyone as I’ve seen in atheists who, for some reason, despise everything we stand for and everything we’re trying to do. Now, to put that into perspective, I am someone who has spent a lifetime teaching and professing Creationism. As someone who has done that for many decades, I have encountered hundreds of thousands of people who disagree with what I’m promoting. To put that simply, I’ve felt my fair share of hatred from many people differing in age, race, color, gender, religion – you name it and I’ve probably been hated by them. However, I must say that, despite all that, I never had a deeper problem with those people. That is because I understood the reason for their shallow hatred; that reason was fear, because they were taught to believe something they didn’t understand. So, when I explained to them my theory on why they were believing in the wrong thing, their instinct was to go on the defensive and hate me for shaking their core beliefs.”
“Regardless, after a while, I am proud to say many of them saw the light and even became members of my flock. They excepted Creationism as the one truth that makes sense. That goes to show the power that lies in turning the other cheek and working to protect one’s beliefs,” Ham said. “However, all that hatred that I have encountered during those years doesn’t even equate to one percent of the hatred I felt from atheists around the country. And I am sad to admit that the sole reason why my Ark failed is because of atheists. It is almost impossible to describe the kind of primal anger atheists feel towards Creationism and religion in general. As a matter of fact, I am even aware of many cases of atheists praying for my project to fail, believe it or not. I mean, are you aware of the kind of hatred it takes to make someone who hates God get down on their knees and pray to Him? It was difficult for me to fathom the concept of atheists having the ability to pray to something or someone at first, but it’s the truth.”
“Therefore, one should never underestimate the power of hatred. It’s the one thing that has enough oomph to be the driving force behind revolutions. The one thing I regret is not having paid more attention to atheists as a group, because I assumed they would be okay with the Ark attracting visitors to Kentucky. It’s sad, really. It’s also a shame, but sadness is the first thing a person feels when his most precious thing in the world is destroyed by non-believers. I promise you, from this day forward, I will never neglect atheists again in anything I do. Because, any group of people that’s willing to throw their core principles down the drain in order to achieve something by doing it is not only made up of opportunists, but is pitiful and treacherous. I don’t hate them; I would never give them the satisfaction of hating them back. I pity them, because their existence is as empty as the fact that they have no one to pray to when times get difficult. Oh, and I’ll revive the Ark, too. That’s a promise,” he concluded.