The Grift of the Ark Encounter

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I’m sure most Disinfonauts have heard of Ken Hamm’s much hyped Noah’s Ark museum at this point, but have you ever looked at the fine print to see how this monstrosity managed to get financed exactly? Yeah, neither had I until just now and I must say, I’m not even sort of surprised. This is pretty much the exact bullshit you’d expect from the moral high ground fundie set (from the Friendly Atheist section of Patheos):

“Ever since Creationist Ken Ham opened Ark Encounter, nearly a year ago, skeptics have been sounding the alarms about how bad a deal this is for the people of Williamstown, Kentucky. And not just because of the fake “science” it presents to children and gullible adults.

When Ham and his team at Answers in Genesis were looking for a location for their $100 million attraction, they pitched it as a way to create jobs. One projection (from the state) said Ark Encounter was “expected to annually generate… a minimum of 3,000 new full-time equivalent jobs.”

Unfortunately, those jobs turned out to be available only for people who agreed to Answers in Genesis’ fundamentalist Christian worldview. Even wannabe janitors had to agree the Earth was only 6,000 years old and gay marriage was an abomination.

Besides that, the city of Williamstown, which desperately wanted to be the home of the Ark, offered Ham’s team $62 million in junk bonds if they build the ship in their backyard. Grant County (which Williamstown is in) gave Ham’s team 98 acres of land for $1. (That’s not a typo. Just a single dollar.) And 2% of all employees’ paychecks were going back to Ark Encounter to help them pay off the loans, so neither the government nor the employees were getting everything they deserved.

Why would a city and county do all this? Because they hoped that the attraction would be so popular, it would increase tourism, liven up what was in many ways a dying town, create well-paying jobs, and be good for all surrounding businesses.

The state of Kentucky even promised Ark Encounter a tax incentive worth up to $18.25 million over the next decade based on attendance and sales. (Lawsuits to stop that, due to the discriminatory hiring, were unsuccessful.)

But the tourism aspect of all this hasn’t panned out either.”

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Just a reminder that this is what’s considered normal as far as spiritual beliefs go in our society. Hell, as it turns out, the whole thing was government sanctioned. Now, if only I can convince some local government to help me build a massive ganj-i-tation museum that also serves as an alien summoning beacon. I swear, the thing will totally pay for itself when the aliens show up you guys. Totally.

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken

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Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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