Bill Nye "heartbroken and sickened": debate with Ken Ham helped fund Noah's ark construction

Creation Museum founder Ken Ham announced Thursday that a municipal bond offering has raised enough money to begin construction on his $73 million 'Ark Encounter' project. The replica of Noah's ark is expected to be finished by the summer of 2016.

Ham said a high-profile evolution debate he had with "Science Guy" Bill Nye earlier this month helped boost support for the project. Nye said he was "heartbroken and sickened for the Commonwealth of Kentucky" after learning that the project would move forward.

I suppose that underscores the reason why people like Richard Dawkins won't debate creationists.

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Can't say we didn't warn him.

I love how the community is more enthusiastic about building a fictitious story book boat than it is about spending that $73 million on people who could actually benefit from that money. The irony of the church's 'inherent goodness' is ever so obvious.

It's even more wacky that Ham secured a municipal bond to fund the project. Kentucky has given Ham at least $54 million in tax breaks and subsidies (while cutting education and Medicaid) and is prepared to hand over another $37.5 million for the Ark Experience.

That seems like a questionable state endorsement of a Christian-themed Bible park.

Now I'm curious to know exactly where all the income from this theme park is going to go. To help the needy? I doubt it.

The state claims (rather credulously) that Ark Experience will create 900 jobs, attract 1.6 million visitors with a $214 million economic impact in the first year and a $250 million annual impact by the fifth year. (Check the attendance numbers from the Creation Museum for added perspective.)

So the state will skim some of that income off the top in taxes on employee incomes, personal spending, and profits to area businesses like hotels. That's with numerous special subsidies for Ham's park of course. (Gotta feed the cash cow, even if it's crapping on the First Amendment.)

The rest goes into Ham's pocket to fund whatever other stupid projects he likes.

Yes and according to, Kentucky has the highest poverty rate in all the Appalachian regions @ 24.8%, and the state itself is at 18.1%. Their percentage isn't due to unemployment either, so the excuse that it will create jobs is not accurate. Their rate is due to low pay. I doubt the 73 million will go to higher salaries. There HAS TO BE a better use for this money.

I doubt the 73 million will go to higher salaries. There HAS TO BE a better use for this money.

You're right. There surely are better uses for it. That's the cold (but not unexpected) irony of it all. Bill Nye agreed to debate Ken Ham to encourage interest in science education, but in some ways had the opposite effect.

The Ark Experience-- a $73 million-dollar public disinformation campaign-- is getting all the money it wants, while public education is getting fucked.


"Walt Brown, of the Center for Scientific Creation, wished Ken Ham and Ark Encounter well. He also confirmed that the Bill Nye-Ken Ham debate "moved the creation and evolution issue from the back burner to the middle burner" of American thought. To support this, he cited sales figures and rankings from of three creation-oriented titles. They included his own work, In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. Sales and rankings jumped in the weeks following the debate, he said. He also noted that, for one week, the YouTube archive of the Nye-Ham debate temporarily eclipsed his own work in the Google rankings in a search on the keywords "creation," "evolution," and "flood." - Terry Hurlbut in "Ark Encounter revived. Thanks, Bill Nye"

“I want to close by reminding everybody what’s at stake here. If we abandon all that we’ve learned, if we abandon the process by which we know it, if we stop looking for the next answer, we in the United States will be out-competed by other countries, other economies. That would be okay, I guess, but I was born here, I’m a patriot, and so we have to embrace science education. We have to keep science education in science.” - Bill Nye's closing remarks during the debate with Ken Ham

Flushing it down the toilet would be a better use for this money.

The ink on the paper may or may not be toxic to the bacteria that do the dirty work in my septic tank.  So perhaps not.

Well, for that reason and that reason only :D

I doubt the 73 million will go to higher salaries. There HAS TO BE a better use for this money.

This just in:

5 Things Kentucky Could Spend $73M On Instead Of Fake Noah's Ark

Good article but they called Ham's Ark a "replica". Well to have a replica, you need to have something to replicate - LOL!

I actually like the idea of a YEC theme park. Think of all the other whacko attractions that could pop up around there, making the area a kind of Mecca for westerners. A Disneyland of YEC vs science and reason. A kind of spiritual Las Vegas serving the Appalachian area. Palm readers, astrologists, snake charmers... woohoo!


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