The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky features a 1:1 replica of Noah’s Ark as the centerpiece for a Biblical theme park. The founder of the park, Ken Ham, plans to illuminate the ark at night with rainbow lights as a symbol of God’s covenant with man to never use a flood to destroy all of humanity again.
LGBT activist and critics of his project are attacking him for using the rainbow symbolism outside of the context of the LGBT agenda. Other critics of the project such as atheist, including Bill Nye, have taken grievance will the project as well as mocked the religious beliefs of the creator, Ken Ham.
Christians need to take back the rainbow as we do @ArkEncounter -God owns it-He decreed it’s a sign of His covenant with man after the Flood pic.twitter.com/cNR51zTbPX
— Ken Ham (@aigkenham) July 18, 2017
From Todd Starnes on the LGBT community’s grievances with the project:
The 500-foot-long ark is the centerpiece of the biblical theme park based in Williamstown, Kentucky. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have toured the replica of Noah’s Ark.
“The Ark is lit permanently at night with a rainbow to remind the world that God owns it and He decreed it’s a sign of His covenant with man after the Flood—Christians need to take back the rainbow as we do at the Ark Encounter,” Ham said.
Critics denounced the decision — accusing him of stealing the rainbow colors from the LGBT community.
“This is Ken Ham’s sad attempt to take back the rainbow symbol from the LGBTQ community,” read a headline in the Orlando Weekly.
“It makes the ark look incredibly gay,” Kentucky Fairness Campaign’s Chris Hartman told USA Today.
In 2016 Ham urged Christians to reclaim the rainbow and teach young people its true meaning.
“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.”
Earlier this year, TV personality and pseudo scientist Bill Nye visited the Ark Encounter and participated in an all out debate with the project creator Ken Ham as they toured the exhibits. Mr. Nye challenged the fundamentalist Christian beliefs of Ken Ham as well as his climate change skepticism, to which Mr. Ham respectfully defended his personal beliefs. Would Bill Nye have challenged the beliefs of a Muslim who might have been working on a similar project?
For that matter, whether Mr. Ham’s fundamentalist beliefs are ridiculous or unscientific is besides the point here. It is unnerving to see the determination of those in “progressive” causes to attack Christians in ways they would never attack other religions.
Some of the protesters of the Ark Encounter were upset that the project was granted tax incentives from the state of Kentucky on account of the tourism it is predicted to bring in, and saw this as a violation of separate church and state. Despite the tourism based tax incentives, the theme park thus far has been entirely built with private dollars and donations, according to the park builders.