We know you remember this post: Ken Ham Gets a Quick $1K. That was about how Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who brought you Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, scored a fast $1K from a 13-year-old named Caleb.
That money was what the kid had earned by mowing lawns. He sent it to Hambo in exchange for a lifetime pass to the Creation Museum — and Hambo bragged about it!
Well, ol’ Hambo is still doing what he does best — collecting money from the flock. But this time it’s not the Creation Museum. The easy money he’s talking about now is for his proposed Noah’s Ark theme park named Ark Encounter, to be built by a corporate partnership including Hambo’s creationist empire.
Today at his own blog at the AIG website, Hambo writes: Using Snow and a Peg To Make a Difference. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
I received a note from a 16-year-old boy named Joshua, who sponsored a peg for the Ark Encounter project.
According to the Ark Park’s website, they say you can “Partner with us in this amazing outreach by sponsoring a peg, plank, or beam that will be used to build the Ark!” A “peg” costs $100, a “plank” costs $1,000, and a whole “beam” costs $5,000. So this kid sent Hambo $100 for a peg. Let’s read on:
He really wanted to sponsor a beam for the full-size Noah’s Ark to be built in Northern Kentucky, but this teen could not afford to do that.
Darn! Just one little peg — a measly 100 bucks — from a 16-year-old kid. Hambo remembers that Caleb, the 13-year-old, was good for a thousand. But Hambo is a resourceful man; perhaps he can turn this Joshua situation to his advantage. We continue:
So, he was hoping that the snow sculpture of the Ark on a mountain (remember, Noah’s Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat) would perhaps inspire many others to consider how they might help promote and spread the word about the Ark Encounter in creative ways.
Snow sculpture? What’s that all about? Oh, Hambo’s post includes a couple of small photos of what looks like a fallen-down snowman or something. Presumably that’s the kid’s sculpture of the Ark. Here’s more:
His father wrote to us and said that Joshua was “hoping the snow pics would move Mr. Ham to send young Joshua an Ark model replica, hand signed by Mr. Ham himself.
Wow — something like that would surely become an heirloom to be treasured through the generations. Moving along:
Well Joshua, just keep a watch in the mail, you never know! I trust even this blog post will inspire people to get involved with the Ark Encounter project, and to come up with creative ways (as Joshua has done) to inspire others to spread the word!
That’s about it, dear reader. Hambo has collected a quick $100 from Joshua, and the kid has sent Hambo pics of his snow sculpture. Now Hambo is using those pics to generate even more contributions. Good deal!
Hey, maybe the Curmudgeon can get in on this. One of our splendid dogs has just produced an outdoor sculpture, so to speak, and if we look at it from the right angle — yes, it definitely looks like the Ark!
Hey Hambo, all you have to do is send the Curmudgeon the price of a beam and we’ll send you a pic of our dog’s Ark sculpture. If you can use Joshua’s pile of snow, you can certainly make use of what we’ve got. With your fund-raising skills, your modest investment in our sculpture should be repaid many times over.
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