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I Went To The Museum Of The Bible On Saturday, And Here Is What I Saw

If you were anywhere near Washington, D.C., over the weekend, you probably heard about the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible – the $500-million facility funded largely by the evangelical Christian Green family that runs the Hobby Lobby craft store chain.

The Rev. Barry Lynn, AU’s executive director who will retire next week, was invited to tour the museum on Saturday, and I tagged along. I came away with mixed feelings about the place.

Ky. ‘Ark Park’ Flip-Flops Over Tax Status Amid Ticket-Fee Dispute

An effort to dodge a local tax led the owners of the Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky to flip-flop from being a for-profit endeavor to a nonprofit, and back again, over the course of a month.

The Noah’s-Ark-themed attraction founded by Australian creationist Ken Ham balked at the town of Williamstown’s plan to add a 50-cent surcharge onto the price of each Ark Encounter ticket. Tickets at the park cost $28 to $40, and city officials said the safety fee was intended to raise an estimated $700,000 per year to help pay for fire, police and other emergency services.

After Raking In Various Government Subsidies For His ‘Ark Park,’ Ken Ham Refuses To Pay A Modest Safety Tax

When Australian evangelist and creationist Ken Ham decided he wanted to open Ark Encounter, a theme park centered on a rendition of Noah’s Ark in northern Kentucky, he was quick to point out that the facility would be a for-profit enterprise.

Creationist Sues After Being Denied Access To Rocks In Grand Canyon

A creationist has sued the federal government for allegedly refusing to allow him to collect rocks as part of an effort to show that the Grand Canyon is only a few thousand years old.

Andrew Snelling, who works for Answers in Genesis – the same fundamentalist organization behind the Ark Encounter theme park and     Crea­tion Museum in Kentucky – was denied access to Grand Canyon National Park to conduct his young-Earth creationism work.

Ken Ham’s Creationist ‘Ark Park’ Isn’t Doing So Well, So Naturally He Wants To Expand

The Washington Post recently ran a long story about Ark Encounter, the Williamstown, Ky., creationist attraction founded by Ken Ham, who leads the fundamentalist Religious Right organization Answers in Genesis. Although some readers found the story to be oddly sympathetic to Ham, some interesting tidbits are found in it. 

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