WE recently posted WorldNetDaily: Noah’s Ark Found!, about a silly claim published by a silly outfit, WorldNetDaily (WND). Boldly headlined in their worthless, raving pages was the “news” that an obviously non-existent artifact had been found.
Any rational newspaper or blog site would have published this latest Ark “discovery” under “News of the Weird” or some other appropriate section. But WND treated it like the real thing. Why? Because they’re creationists, and they have no ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. At the end of our report on their ridiculous story we said:
This could be the most important discovery since … ah … well, since Elvis was spotted at a 7-11 buying some Slim Jims and a Dr. Pepper.
Now it appears that WND — with no hint of embarrassment — is backing down from the story it so foolishly headlined. They’re not really denying the story, but perhaps they’re in quasi-retraction mode. Anyway, here are some excerpts from Latest Noah’s Ark ‘just wood planted on Ararat’. The bold font was added by us:
Has the real Noah’s Ark spoken of in the Bible truly been found?
At least two seasoned archaeologists who have made numerous expeditions to Mount Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark are throwing cold water on this week’s claim the Old Testament vessel has finally been discovered, saying it’s a hoax involving wood hauled in from the Black Sea region.
Ah, WND is reporting, with total credibility, the opinions of two “seasoned archaeologists” who are also Ark-hunters. Okay, what do those “experts” have to say? Let’s read on:
“To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a fake,” said Randall Price, director of Judaic Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
M’god — Liberty University! That’s where WND goes for its archaeology experts. When they’re not hunting for the Ark, they’re probably searching for Joshua’s jock strap. We continue:
But Dr. Price, who is spearheading efforts to explore two competing locations for Noah’s Ark, sent an e-mail dispatch to supporters with his personal take on the alleged find, asserting the structure is a hoax perpetrated by a Kurdish guide and his partners to extort money from Chinese evangelical Christians.
WND provides a link to some articles by Dr. Randall Price, but this is his organization’s website: World of the Bible Ministries. It’s wild stuff, and this too is one of WND’s expert sources.
All the Ark-hunters seem to be in disagreement, with each claiming that he alone is on the right track. It’s an armada of Arks! But wait — all is not yet lost for the latest finding:
Another ark-hunter, Richard Rives of Tennessee-based Wyatt Archaeological Research, said while he’s skeptical of the new alleged find, he’s not completely ruling it out it just yet. “Just because Randall Price says something doesn’t make it so,” Rives told WND. “We don’t know what it is until we get a little more information. It is something of interest. I can’t wait to find out to find out the real truth.”
Go ahead, check out the Wyatt website. It’s even wilder than that of WND’s other expert source. Then they get around to saying:
If the latest proclaimed find of Noah’s Ark does indeed turn out to be false, it certainly would not be the first time phony claims have been floated.
But then they abandon that line of thought and go on to quote some other Ark-hunters. Aha! Get this:
Today’s interactive WND poll focused on the purported discovery, and 32 percent of respondents said “I don’t know if this is the Ark, but I have no doubt Noah and his flood are reality, as all civilizations tell a similar story.” Another 26 percent indicated, “It may be that in this increasingly faithless age, God is unearthing some bits of faith-enhancing evidence.”
WND’s readers are very astute. Then the article trails off into various scripture quotes, and that’s how it ends. It’s not a retraction, really, but we don’t know what it is.
So where does this leave us? Some WND readers are hoping the latest find is the real thing. Others are waiting to see what the other Ark-hunters find. All seem to have faith that the Ark is real, and perhaps it will one day be found. And WND is certainly catering to its readership.
As we’ve said before, when one strays from the road of reason he is doomed to wander in the wilderness — with only WorldNetDaily as a compass.
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