Bill Nye gives Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter a failing grade.
Bill Nye “the Science Guy” worries kids are being brainwashed at Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter. Nye recently paid a visit to Ken Ham’s life-size version of Noah’s Ark. He was not pleased.
The replica of what is supposed to be Noah’s Ark is located at the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky. Nye was an invited guest at the Ark Encounter, which opened July 7 and is billed as the largest timber-frame structure in the world, at 51 feet tall and 1-1/2 football fields in length.
After the visit Nye expressed his frustration with the Christian fundamentalist project based on discredited science and a literal interpretation of Genesis. Noting that the Ark was an eye-catching attraction that was “much more troubling or disturbing than I thought it would be,” Nye told NBC News:
It’s all very troubling. You have hundreds of school kids there who have already been indoctrinated and who have been brainwashed.
On the third deck (of the ark), every single science exhibit is absolutely wrong. Not just misleading, but wrong.
Nye is right to be disturbed. Children are being brainwashed and indoctrinated. By teaching children creationism as a legitimate scientific theory that disproves the theory of evolution, Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is engaging in a form of intellectual child abuse.
As one might expect, Nye was particularly peeved with an exhibit showing dinosaurs living alongside mankind. Indeed, the idea that dinosaurs, which became extinct roughly 65 million years ago, lived contemporaneously with humans, who didn’t appear on Earth until 50,000 to 100,000 years ago, is absurd.
Nye was also disappointed that organisers “promote so very strongly that climate change is not a serious problem, that humans are not causing it, that some deity will see to it that everything is O.K.”
However, Nye made it clear that he was only concerned with scientific accuracy, and was not opposed to religious belief:
I’m not busting anyone’s chops about a religion. This is about the absolutely wrong idea that the Earth is 6,000 years old that’s alarming to me.
Bottom line: Teaching children the earth is only 6,000-years-old, that human beings and dinosaurs lived on the earth at the same time, and that the story of Noah’s Ark is true, is a form of child abuse.
Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong.
― Bill Nye
Watch: Bill Nye debunks the Bible’s mythical story of Noah’s Ark during a debate with Creationist Ken Ham at the Creation Museum in Kentucky:
Bill Nye is a popular science educator and the author of Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.