A Christian creationist who built Noah-centred theme park with tax-payers money has blamed its failure because atheist prayer proved stronger than his religion.
Ken Ham claimed that the Park and Christian followers were locked in a spiritual battle with the intolerant secularists who are upset with such world-class attraction like the Ark (and Creation Museum) that publicly proclaims a Christian message.
“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.”
He assumes of course that they are praying to his god. But given that the product is on the rocks, this statement creates more questions than it answers. Is he saying that even Jesus hates the Park so much he is listening to atheist prayers? Or is it more that the atheist god is more powerful than Jesus?
He said that one should never underestimate the power of hatred as it is 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,” Ham reasoned.in his bog that atheists and the “secularist media” had destroyed the reputation of his Ark Encounter, and the economy of the surrounding local businesses.
“A number of articles in the mainstream media, on blogs, and on well-known secularist group websites have attempted to spread propaganda to brainwash the public into thinking our Ark Encounter attraction is a dismal failure,” he wrote.
Ham is desperate to counter the narrative that his Ark Encounter and Creation Museum is not delivering on the promises he made. The Lexington Herald Leader recently wrote a story which explores Ham’s failure to deliver on financial promises made to community members and local businesses.
Ham managed to get extremely generous tax breaks, for the project on the promise that it would bring a lot of tourists to the area. However Ham will not hire locals unless they share his wacko beliefs that the world is only 6,000 years old and dinosaurs fought giants before the flood. Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner complains about Ham’s broken promises, noting that it failed to bring any commercial development.