Well, it was really only a matter of time before the Ark Encounter’s Ken Ham responded to the massive media coverage of the Tri-State Freethinkers fundraising campaign to erect multiple billboards around the area highlighting that the Ark Encounter theme park celebrates “Genocide and Incest”.
The basis of Ham’s argument hinges on two main points. Well, three if you count the usual claim that this billboard campaign is anti-Christian and anti-bible. Yet, that argument is used by Ham anytime someone doesn’t like what he is doing.
First, Ham takes issue, obviously, with calling the park a tribute to genocide and incest.
“[H]ow can atheists, who have no basis for any absolute standards accuse anyone with such a moral judgment, such as genocide and incest?” Ham writes.
He argues that because atheists believe in evolution that they should be okay with incest because they would “have mated with whomever they wanted, whenever, with no restrictions except whatever they could accomplish for their own desires.”
He then tried to excuse the obvious incest in the bible by claiming it was God’s will and then tries to make a statement about same-sex marriage, arguing the bible documents marriage and it was invented by God, for one man and one woman.However, Ham’s argument is that atheists cannot judge the amount of incest on the Ark because atheists don’t share his biblical moral authority.
If you’re wondering if Ken Ham just excused incest by saying atheists can’t judge Christians, the answer is yes, he did.
Ham skipped addressing the genocide part of the billboard. Even he would have trouble excusing that I assume.
The second part of his argument and the most laughable part is that he combats the groups claim that the Ark Encounter is using discriminatory hiring practices and taking taxpayer dollars by pointing out that the Tri-State Freethinkers are a nonprofit organization.
He says the “Tri-State Free Thinkers are tax deductible, and they do state on their website that they are a 501(c)(3) tax deductible, non-profit organization. In other words, they receive benefits from the government by the very nature of their non-profit legal basis!”
This argument might hold water, except for the fact that the Ark Encounter is not a 501(c)(3) organization and is a for-profit LLC. A nonprofit receives tax benefits by their nature as a nonprofit. Those same rights are not extended to for-profit organizations.
Ham sees this issue as an “equal rights” issue. Claiming atheists are intolerant of anything Christian. He then welcomes them to come protest the opening day of the theme park, hoping for media attention for sure.