Ark Encounter's rainbow stunt will be a permanent feature

Ark Encounter's rainbow stunt will be a permanent feature February 11, 2017

At the end of last year, creationist Ken Ham turned his ridiculous Christian theme park into a veritable fairyland by bathing his replica ark in rainbow colours for the festive season.
His aim was not attract swarms of gay visitors, who regard rainbow flags and the like as beacons of welcome, but to to let the world know that the rainbow had been hijacked by deviants and that it was time for Christians to snatch it back.
At the time, the moron wrote:

In recent times the rainbow (albeit with some different colors) has come to represent  … freedom, love, pride, a new era, and, specifically, the LGBTQ movement. . . .
But the rainbow itself wasn’t designed to be a symbol of freedom, love, pride, or the LGBTQ movement. God created this beautiful, colorful phenomenon and designated it as a sign of His covenant with Noah and his descendants forever.
Sadly, people ignore what God intended the rainbow to represent and proudly wave rainbow-colored flags in defiance of God’s command and design for marriage. Because of this, many Christians shy away from using the rainbow colors. But the rainbow was a symbol of God’s promises before the LGBTQ movement – and will continue to be after that movement has ended. As Christians, we need to take the rainbow back and teach our young people its true meaning.

Ham, above, has now decided to make the rainbow display “a permanent feature”.

Well, we’ve decided to enhance the rainbow lights and make them a permanent feature during evenings at the Ark, located south of Cincinnati. We will be working over the coming months to ensure this change is permanent. It’s all part of ‘taking the rainbow back’.

The Friendly Atheist, Hermant Mehta, commented:

There you have it. Let the Bizarro Creationist Rainbow forever remind you that the Christian God is synonymous with death, destruction, and genocide. He loves you, and that’s why he has to constantly threaten you.
It’s just another awful lesson kids will learn if they visit Ark Encounter.

He also noted that:

People also pointed out it wasn’t a good rainbow. The colors repeated themselves and didn’t go in the right order. It was pretty much what you’d expect from someone who doesn’t understand how science works.

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  • Newspaniard

    What do you know? An article without a single anti-Trump rant. It must have been “edited”.
    Sits back to watch the sparks fly from the lefties.

  • barriejohn
  • barriejohn

    When I was a believer, they used to teach the younger children a chorus which said: “When you see a rainbow remember God is love”. I see that the same sort of thing is happening today:
    “It’s not a fairytale, it’s not made up.”

  • Edwin Salter

    Worth reading Genesis 9.
    Presumably rainbows never existed before Noah. The covenant also protects all living creatures from a global flood, so we can be reassured about climate change and sea level rise.
    But the pictured colours are quite pretty. Reclaiming symbols has become a cultural device (the St. George flag) and there are various fights over words (as ‘marriage’) for assorted purposes. The ‘spiritual’ is an example – many atheists denounce it as a weasel word – the alternative (I sometimes try) is to reclaim it in a wider sense.

  • barriejohn

    Edwin Salter: I knew many Christians who believed that there was no RAIN prior to the Flood!

  • leftwingwilly

    I’d keep the lights for the exit doors. The entrance would be better served with fake lightning and rain and bodies floating in a moat around the door. And two feet of bird and bat (and pterodactyl) shit as all of God’s flying creations sought somewhere to perch. They need to be more creative.

  • AgentCormac

    So god created the rainbow? Who’d have thought. I was always under the impression it was a natural phenomenon.

  • remigius

    So Ken Ham is slowly turning his failed creation into a gay nightclub. He’ll be blasting Bronski Beat over the tannoy next.

  • “A sign of His covenant with Noah and his descendants forever.”
    God promised that the next time He killed nearly every living thing on Earth, He wouldn’t do it by drowning. Next time, fire, and next time absolutely every living thing.
    Thanks, God.

  • Angela_K

    It would be great if a load of LGBT people turned up at Ham’s folly, but sadly they’d probably be beaten up by Ham’s thugs.
    Great this god of Ham’s: famine, cancer, alzheimer’s, floods, that worm that eats an eye from the inside….

  • Peter Sykes

    You must be so disappointed, no lefty rants.
    Why not just make-up your own, that’s how right wing twats usually work.

  • Gui

    So, if rain and rainbows didn’t exist till the flood how plants sustained itself and what about the air umidity? How optical phenomenons worked?

  • barriejohn

    “Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.” (Gen. 2:5-6 American Standard Bible)
    See? The answer’s in the bible!

  • John the Drunkard

    Thanks for the nudge. No mention of rain between Gen 2:5-6 and the flood story.
    So maybe god only decided that light should be refractable when he needed a handy symbol.

  • Red and yellow and pink and green
    Purple and orange and blue.
    I can sing a rainbow
    Sing a rainbow
    Sing a rainbow too.
    Listen with your eyes
    Listen with your ears
    And sing everything you see.
    I can sing a rainbow
    Sing a rainbow
    Sing along with me.
    What a load of effing crap.

  • Gui

    Thanks, Barrie.
    So you had water from the orvail. But that is a question regarding the second half of the verse: if there is no plants growing before the flood, how did the herbivores feed themselves?

  • Up above the streets and houses
    Rainbow flying high.
    Everyone can see it smiling
    Over the sky.
    Paint the whole world with a rainbow.
    During my girlhood it often struck me that Bungle the Bear was perhaps shafting Zippy and George the rather camp Hippo as soon as the cameras were switched off. The trauma of these imaginings will live with me always. But what on earth will Miss Ham have to say if she gets to hear of such things? The mind boggles.

  • barriejohn

    Gui: That verse is from the second Creation myth, in Genesis Chapter 2, and it isn’t clear what is being said, whichever translation you use. It obviously isn’t going to fit very well with the Genesis Chapter 1 story, nor with what follows it, but most literalists would say that it probably DID rain when the plants began to grow. That’s apparently Ken Ham’s point of view, actually, but it’s all “angels dancing on the head of a pin” nonsense really.

  • 1859

    ‘Winning back the rainbow’…Mr.Ham needs to win back his fucking sanity – although with a mind as ossified as his we may have a long, long wait. @ Barriejohn: How does this numpty explain the existence of fossils? The sky dog placed them there to test our faith? These types worship utter nonsense. I need a drink….

  • tonye

    Talking of rainbows, does anyone else remember the spoof that the actors did of themselves in the tv programme?

  • barriejohn

    @1859: “A lot of water and a little bit of time rapidly laid down the fossil record”!

  • barriejohn

    @tonye: Yes, it was brilliant. I also remember (years ago now) Des O’Connor’s Andy Pandy sketches (“I wonder what Andy Pandy and Looby Loo are doing in the box?”) being considered rather risque for family entertainment! (They became a regular feature of his show, with Harry Secombe as Teddy, but I fancy that the original sketch was in B&W days.) I can’t find a video, but it was similar to this:

  • tonye

    Thanks, that brought a smile to my face.

  • Mel

    Oh look, it’s the left being so tolerant again. You preach tolerance only if it fits your agenda…go figure.

  • Ron Coe

    I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Ark Encounter twice; once while it was being constructed and once when it was completed. We have plans to revisit in the spring with a small group. I have really enjoyed the experience each time and thank you Mr. Han for your Insight into building this attraction for us to enjoy. There will be scoffers, mockers and unbelievers just as in Noah’s day. God’s Word is TRUE.

  • barriejohn

    Mel: I figure that you’re just another pathetic troll.

  • Brian Jordan

    Ken Ham will blather on. He said it all in half a sentence at the beginning:
    But the rainbow itself wasn’t designed
    As for the formation of rain before the fludde,
    But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.
    Isn’t that a simplified description of the Water Cycle we see today?

  • David Anderson

    Ron Coe: Writing TRUE in capital letters doesn’t make it true.

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