The “replica” of the Ark being built by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, should cause him to live in continuous ecstasy. He says it’s the greatest undertaking the world has seen since the original Ark was built by Noah, 4,000 years ago.
But for some reason, ol’ Hambo is not happy. His heart appears to be filled with bitterness. This can be seen in his latest post: Arkophobia. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
We’ve all heard of the word arachnophobia, a fear of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions. Well, there is a new phobia showing up on countless blogs, on Twitter, and in news sources. And it has a similar-sounding name: Arkophobia. It’s a fear of the life-size Ark we are building in Williamstown, Kentucky, that opens July 7.
What’s he saying? People think of the Ark in the same way that they think of spiders? That’s creepy! How can this be? Hambo tells us:
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a phobia as “an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.” Well, the Arkophobia we see all around us is certainly “illogical.”
Dislike of the Ark is logical, because it’s a symbol of global terror. It represents planet-wide slaughter on an unimaginable scale. We doubt if even the most horrendous alien invasion movie threatened worse. But it’s only a folk-tale, so we don’t worry about it. However, that’s not how Hambo sees it. Let’s read on:
But it’s actually not “inexplicable.” Let me explain. Arkophobia hit an all-time high the week of January 25. That’s when a federal judge issued a major ruling that gave a huge win to Answers in Genesis in our religious freedom lawsuit against the State of Kentucky and the actions of the previous governor, Steve Beshear.
We remember. That’s when we wrote Ken Ham’s Ark Wins First Round in Court. Then the new governor of Kentucky decided not to appeal, so Hambo had his victory. We thought it was a bad decision on constitutional grounds, but we don’t recall feeling any fear. Hambo remembers things differently. He continues:
Well, that federal decision was too much for the secularist/atheist bloggers. That’s when Arkophobia was at its height. Many secularists were already livid that a Christian organization is building such a massive tourist facility that will have a huge impact in the culture as it proclaims a Christian message! They just can’t stand it! Their hatred against Christianity was so clear after the ruling.
Really? We don’t remember seeing anything like that. To support his claim, Hambo quotes an unnamed “atheist blogger” (without providing a link) who complained that Hambo hates gay people. We can’t imagine what that has to do with the court’s decision, but Hambo somehow manages to make a connection:
These hateful statements really help to reveal Arkophobia. What is the real reason for such vehement opposition to a project that will be so beneficial to the state as it brings hundreds of millions of tourist dollars into Kentucky for hotels, restaurants, and much more, and creates thousands of jobs? It’s because of the message of the Ark.
Oh. Arkophobia is about the Ark’s message! What’s that? Hambo explains:
Arkophobia is so widespread because “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Secularists are in rebellion against their Creator. The fact that He has the right to tell them, through His Word, what is right (e.g., marriage is one man for one woman) and what is wrong (e.g., abortion is murder) angers them.
Ah yes, that explains it. No one is concerned about the fact that tax money from Kentucky will be spent on Hambo’s ministry, contrary to that state’s Constitution. No, Hambo thinks it’s all about gays and abortions, and that explains the Arkophobia he sees “all around us.” Here’s one more excerpt:
Secularists oppose the Ark because they are afraid of the Ark’s goal: to proclaim the everlasting gospel.
So there you are, dear reader. Hambo’s success in building his Ark and winning in court should make him a happy man, but he’s not. Instead of receiving praises from one end of the flat Earth to the other, he’s surrounded by Arkophobia. We sympathize.
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