Ark Encounter is proving to be Kentucky’s white mammoth

Ark Encounter is proving to be Kentucky’s white mammoth

Officials in Grant County, Kentucky were so convinced that creationist Ken Ham’s $92-million Ark Encounter would lead to a major tourism boom that they decided to fork out as much as $18 million in tax incentives for the project.

The state also designated $11 million in road funds for an expanded interchange off Interstate 75 to deal with the expected increase in traffic.

But the tourists did not come in the expected numbers. Now the Ark Encounter not only looks like a white mammoth, it’s left Grant Counter “teetering on bankruptcy”, according to this report.

Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood ruefully said:

It’s been a great thing but it’s not brought us any money.

Grant County faces a major budget shortfall that Wood has said might have to be solved through a combination of a 2 percent payroll tax and job cuts to the county’s workers. Wood says that there’s no doubt the Ark has been a major disappointment.

I was one of those believers that once the Ark was here everything was going to come in. But it’s not done it. It’s not done it. I think the Ark’s done well and I’m glad for them on that. But it’s not done us good at all.

Writing for American News X, James Stahl labelled Ham “an ultra-religious swindler” and described the Ark Encounter as a “monument to Ham’s ego”.

He also pointed out that Grant County’s ecomomic woes may cost sheriff’s deputies their jobs. He quoted assistant Grant County attorney Julie Scott Jernigan as saying.

After June 1, sheriff’s deputies would have to be laid off. No one will answer 911 calls. The road department can’t buy salt this year.

Stahl added:

Ironically, the idea of the Ark Encounter spurred Grant Co. into becoming a ‘wet’ county allowing for the opening of bars and full-service restaurants. County officials were evidently surprised that nobody had jumped at the chance to open a bar catering to far right evangelicals.

He quoted Steve Wood as saying:

I’m shocked, I’ll be honest with you. We were told [the vote in favor of alcohol sales would] bring restaurants, particularly with the Ark. It hasn’t.

Stahl concluded:

Not surprising that nobody wants to try to sell booze to the same crowd that fought in favour of prohibition.

In the end, it seems Ken Ham has bilked citizens of Kentucky out of money. We will be sure to send our thoughts and prayers their way and hope they vote for some more intelligent officials.

Ham became even more of a laughing stock than he already was when he recently decided to bathe his ark in rainbow colours – not attract gay visitors but show that the Rainbow was the rightful property of Christians which had been misappropriated by deviants.

Hat tip: Matthew Carr

63 responses to “Ark Encounter is proving to be Kentucky’s white mammoth”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Hi Francois Schwartz. Thanks for that incredibly erudite contribution. 6,000 prophecies, eh? Wow. Who’d have thought? I’m sure you can explain to me exactly how all those incredible predictions came to pass. (Let me guess, you’re going to tell me to visit a few nutjob websites that attempt to explain how the virgin birth, the exile of the Jews, and maybe even Hitler and WWII were all predicted by iron-age, goat-herding warmongers.) Oh, by the way – here’s a tip for next time you’re trolling. USING CAPS TO MAKE YOUR POINT BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE SHOUTING actually makes you look like a fucking idiot. Or proves that you’re one. Take your pick.

  2. Broga says:

    @Francois Schwartz . You have my sympathy indeed pity. You appear to be lost in the nonsense that you regard as the word of God.

    If your God existed, which he does not and could not, on the basis of how the bible describes him you would be in big trouble. I assume that such a God would regard human intelligence as his greatest gift. The test would be to accept the gift and use it. You reject it, you spit in your God’s face and, I’m afraid, he will be angry with you. He is a tyrannical and vengeful God and, consider this carefully, unless you change and use your intelligence you are going to hell.

    The atheists who used their God given intelligence will be in heaven. You know this makes sense. Change before you are too late and are plunged into the eternal flames.

  3. remigius says:

    “I assume that such a God would regard human intelligence as his greatest gift.”

    Quite the opposite, Broga. According to the Genesis myth the tyrant wanted his creation, man, kept in ignorance – like a pet. It was the good guy in the story, the serpent, who suggested they partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

  4. AgentCormac says:

    @remigius & Broga

    It does make you wonder why god, having gone to all the trouble of designing and making literally everything, would then go on to undo all the good work by deliberately tricking his finest creations into doing exactly what he didn’t want them to do. What’s that all about? Why couldn’t he just leave them alone and let them get on with being happy? Where’s the harm? And then as retribution for having fallen for his deception he apparently wipes out just about everything, including millions of innocent creatures, in a cataclysmic flood. Sounds like a total psycho control freak to me. Thank god I’m an atheist.

  5. barriejohn says:

    Well I don’t know about the other 5,999 “prophecies”, but here’s one from the lips of the Master himself:

    “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

    That was allegedly spoken almost two thousand years ago. That’s a very long “generation”!

  6. Judith Janes says:

    Remember what George Carlin said:

    “But He (God) loves you. He loves you, and he needs money! He always needs money!
    He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing and all-wise; somehow just can’t handle money!

    You think he’d be looking out for his best promoter, Ham.

  7. Broga says:

    @remigius: ” It was the good guy in the story, the serpent, who suggested they partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.”

    Indeed. The talking serpent was the good guy. I just try to get the Christian believers in bullshit a bit disturbed to see if they will employ a bit of intelligence and start thinking. It is a waste of time. The years of indoctrination have destroyed their ability to open their minds.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Broga: But God created Satan, and knew in advance what was going to happen because it was all part of his wonderful plan. What a disaster if Satan had said: “You know what? I’m going to be a good guy after all!”. It’s the same as the Judas Iscariot question: If Jesus was foreordained to die for the sins of the world, wasn’t Judas just carrying out God’s will?

    [T]he fact that it was all foreordained does not excuse Judas or absolve him from the punishment he would suffer for his part in the drama. Judas made his own choices, and they were the source of his own damnation. Yet the choices fit perfectly into the sovereign plan of God. God controls not only the good, but also the evil of man to accomplish His own ends.

  9. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Complicated stuff this. I’m going to take my Labrador for a walk and discuss it with him. Although he does tend to be more interested in chasing squirrels.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Broga: That’s another sad result of The Fall. One day ickle baby squirrels and big, black labradors will skip and play together merrily. Oh, joy unbounded!

  11. Broga says:

    @barriejohn : Oh yes. Isn’t that the lion lying down with the lamb stuff. How sweet.

  12. James Stahl says:

    Yeah Ken Ham is a swindling buffoon. Almost as bad as Trump. Trump is swindling Americans so bad he is making evangelicals seem honest and moral.

  13. Broga says:

    @ James Stahl: From this side of the pond I find myself wondering if Trump can be as bad as he seems. And yet he keeps providing confirmation that he is. The Christians may find that their hero Trump provides the Armageddon they want. But it will be a hell on earth and not an ecstatic delivery into heaven.