Hot News about Ken Ham’s Ark Park

We found this news at the personal blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. As you know, ol’ Hambo is co-founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.

You’ve heard about Hambo’s proposed Ark Encounter — the latest project of his online creationist ministry. We’ve written before about that project’s Money Problems. But now the situation seems to be improving.

Hambo’s article is Ark Funding Reaches Milestone — Plus Incredible Matching Gift Announced! Exciting, huh? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

For the $24.5 million that AiG is raising for its part in building the Ark Encounter project (the amount to build a full-size Noah’s Ark, one of nine attractions at the site), I’m thrilled to announce that the Ark funding “thermometer” recently passed the $10 million mark! The Ark “thermometer” reflects the total Ark donations and boarding pass purchases that have been made to date towards the construction of a full-size Ark.

Amazing — Hambo is almost half-way to his goal! He’s actually hauled in ten million bucks for that thing! Kentucky is on its way to becoming the undisputed center of idiocy for the whole galaxy. Here’s more:

Both donations and boarding pass purchases have been increasing over the past several months as more people catch the vision for the evangelistic Ark Encounter.

Earlier we had the impression that support was declining, but now that trend has been reversed. Perhaps this is an omen of the End Times. Or maybe it’s due to an epidemic of mad cow disease. One last excerpt:

Additionally, a few supporters of AiG have been moved by the Lord to bless the Ark project with $1.25 million in matching gift contributions and commitments before the end of the year. This means that every donation for the Ark Encounter project we receive by December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1.25 million! Praise God!

Okay, dear reader. Everything you give Hambo from now ’til the end of the year will be doubled by someone’s matching gift. So this is the time to show Hambo what you think of his project. Your Curmudgeon doesn’t need to send anything, because Hambo already knows what we think.

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19 responses to “Hot News about Ken Ham’s Ark Park

  1. Does this indicate science is losing the fight? Ken Ham’s Museum of Anti-Science struggles to get $10 million; in Dallas, the new, $185 million Perot Museum of Science dramatically expands the old Museum of Natural History, and opens with a splash.

    Ross Perot donated a bunch of the cash, but hired good scientists and museum people to oversee the changes.

    I invite the Sensuous Curmudgeon, and anyone else, to compare Ham’s anti-science building with the new science-a-torium in Dallas. Please.

  2. @Ed, with a children’s museum spnsored by the Moody bible institute, I think I’ll pass. I hope the rest of it reflects reality.

  3. Does the doubling include Hambo’s salary?

  4. Charley Horse

    Paul S….you sure about that? After a bit of searching,
    I did find info on the exhibit. Nothing about Moody BI.
    The Moody Foundation is the sponsor. Not sure if there is
    a connection to Moody BI.
    The Museum website has a brief description of the Children’s
    Museum and from that I gather it is not religion oriented.

  5. The Hamblog mentions

    the $24.5 million that AiG is raising for its part in building the Ark

    I have scoured scripture without success trying to find Noah’s budget for the original Ark. Even allowing for a few millennia of inflation, I can’t believe it was anything close to AIG’s $24.5 million required to replicate the same engineering. And Noah (some 500 years old at the time, so something past his prime) had only his three sons and no modern technology to assist.

    Mind you, I suppose it was easier for Noah, located as he was in the thickly-forested Middle East, than for Ole Hambo, struggling in the arid deserts of Kentucky…

  6. Charley Horse

    Well, it’s well known that the wood Noah used only grew in caves
    before the flood. Hence the name….gopher wood…and someday
    those gopher wood caves will be found….trust me.

  7. @Ed: My apologies to the scientifically literate of TX.
    @CH: A quick and poor assumption on my part. I’d like to blame it on past dealings with members of MBI, but alas it was just a lack of research.

  8. Oh, gopher wood, I thought it was “go-for” wood as opposed to using rocks.

  9. Hambo will not get to finish this project. The first asteroid in the Mayan approaching swarm, narrowly missed earth Sunday. The one on the 21st will be smack dab on target and way bigger. We’re toast.
    “The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was discovered Sunday (Dec. 9), came within 140,000 miles (230,000 kilometers) of our planet at about 5 a.m. EST (1000 GMT) Tuesday (Dec. 11), researchers said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so (386,000 km).”
    Asta la vista baby.

  10. Okay today. It happened today. But they didn’t even see it until Sunday.
    Thats why its all over.

  11. @Ed, Paul S, and Charley Horse: Yeah, different Moody’s. The Bible Institute is the off-shoot of one Dwight L Moody. Dwight was born in Massachussets in 1837. The Texas museum is provided by the Moody Foundation, which was created by one William L Moody. William was born in Texas in 1865. So far as I can tell, they are not related, and other than an unfortunate coincidence of having the same middle initial and last name, they had nothing to do with each other.

  12. Ceteris Paribus

    Hambo is still struggling to get another $1.25 million, and still be only half way to his $24.5 million budget? Goes to show he got his Kentucky business model all wrong.

    Hambo should have located his Ark Park in the state of Texas, where the town of Allen, population 87,000, just opened its new 18,000 seat high school football stadium. Price tag $60 million, and they don’t even have to bother with the details of counting costs in paltry little quarter-million or even half-million dollar increments.

    Ah, but in Texas the competition is perhaps too hot for ol’ Hambo. Already the tourists there can take their kids to see replicas of 150 life-size dinos, and personally observe the actual fossil evidence of human footprints right along side dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy river valley.

  13. Paul S.:

    @Ed, with a children’s museum spnsored by the Moody bible institute, I think I’ll pass. I hope the rest of it reflects reality.

    It’s the Moody Family Children’s Museum. So far as I can tell, it’s not the same Moody family as the Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago — not that we wouldn’t accept money from Chicago, but that there are plenty of Dallasites interested in science to make it go.

    Did you look at what is in the Moody Family Children’s Museum?

    From that page:

    Moody Family Children’s Museum
    Where little explorers make big discoveries

    Created especially for children age 5 and younger, the Moody Family Children’s Museum gives babies, toddlers and preschoolers a space of their own to explore alongside a parent or caregiver.

    A shimmering riverlike floor graphic flows throughout the space, leading visitors through a dynamic world of discovery. The adventure begins with an indoor nature hike, complete with a child-size campsite and crawl-through fallen log to explore! And just around the bend, our version of the Dallas Farmer’s Market provides a stimulating backdrop for imaginative play as young farmers, customers, delivery drivers, artists and others begin to emerge. From the hands-on discovery of our waterplay tables to the gazebo-enclosed sanctuary of our baby and toddler park, the Moody Family Children’s Museum is a place where dynamic interactions are always at play. So prepare to discover the world together — one hands-on, crawl-on, climb-on adventure at a time! Highlights include:
    Exploring Nature

    Our simulated forest brings the outdoors inside, giving children the opportunity to:

    Explore flora and fauna of the Trinity River corridor
    Grab a field guide and binoculars to become a junior wildlife biologist
    Try on different costumes to imagine the world from an animal’s point of view
    Learn how staff members care for our terrarium animals, including frogs, toads, anoles, geckos, spiders and snakes

    Discovering Dallas

    Here at the Perot Museum, “Big D” stands for “Big Discoveries,” where young guests can:

    Pretend to be a vendor, customer or delivery person at the biggest little farmers market in town
    Arrange and rearrange artificial flower bouquets
    Listen to the stories of real people who buy or sell produce at the Dallas Farmers Market
    Climb stairs and ramps to explore a child-sized version of the Dallas skyline
    Cross over a small-scale model of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge

    Digging for Dinos

    Our hands-on dinosaur dig is inspired by real fossil digs at Big Bend area of Texas. It’s a great way for children to experience what it’s like to:

    Put on a field vest and join our team of junior paleontologists
    Use scoops, shovels and rakes to dig for replica fossils in our shaded outdoor dig area
    Make a new discovery with every visit

    Baby and Toddler Park

    This sensory-rich environment was created especially for our youngest visitors and their caregivers. It’s a place where babies and toddlers can:

    Explore at their own pace within a large gazebo-style enclosure that sets the area apart
    Crawl on and through oversized replicas of a nest, mole hole and more
    Learn how their actions affect their environment by manipulating different knobs, levers, noisemakers and more
    Share a story with their caregivers at our book bench

    Art Lab

    Open all day, every day, the Art Lab is a place for children to:

    Engage in free drop-in art programs or science explorations
    Explore their world through color and texture, science and nature
    See more exciting programs for young children

    Nothing about the Bible there.

  14. More about the Moody Family Children’s Museum in the Perot Science Museum in Dallas:

    1. Exhibits there were designed by the Minnesota Museum of Science.
    2. Robert and Ann Moody, of Galveston. Not affiliated at all with Moody Bible Institute.

  15. Thanks, Gary — regret I missed your comment earlier.

  16. Why even build an arch when one is already floating in the Netherlands. However, I must admit that Holland may not be God’s own country.

  17. Let’s make Ken Ham a deal. If he will build a really tall wall around it, perform a scientific experiment by flooding the park and loading the ark with all the animals that were supposed to be on it, and let us watch him live with them for 370 days, we’ll help him raise the rest of the money. Talk about a reality series…