Over the past few days, our news sweeps have encountered literally hundreds of newspaper stories gushing, babbling, and drooling about the opening of ol’ Hambo’s Ark Encounter. It’s been a veritable Deluge of free publicity for Kentucky’s state-supported monument to Babylonian mythology.
In all that frenzied madness, we found only one item that makes sense — at least in our humble opinion. It’s a letter-to-the-editor appearing in the Cincinnati Enquirer of Cincinnati, Ohio, just across the border from Northern Kentucky where Ken Ham’s creationist empire is located. This is the headline: Ark coverage not as important as Juno spacecraft.
The newspaper’s comments feature has only two responses so far, both favorable to the letter. That’s likely to change as the day goes on.
Because we approve of its contents, the letter doesn’t belong in our collection of Creationist Wisdom. The writer’s first name is Pete. He says, with bold font added by us:
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently sent a space probe, called Juno, 1.7 billion miles to achieve orbit with the planet Jupiter.
Yes. Even our humble blog mentioned it — see NASA: Juno Probe Arrives at Jupiter. Pete continues:
This incredible accomplishment went unmentioned in the local Enquirer pages. Instead, the Evangelical Enquirer continued the Kentucky follies with more pages about the ark. While it is of general interest to describe the economic impact of such an attraction, I doubt that Kings Island, which admits it is for escapism, ever received so much free publicity.
We never heard of Kings Island, before, but Wikipedia says: “Kings Island is a 364-acre (147 ha) amusement park located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. … In 2015, Kings Island was the second-most visited seasonal amusement park in the United States behind Cedar Point, with an estimated 3.34 million visitors.”
Interesting comparison. Let’s read on:
You continue to present the story of the ark as if it is a true fact of history, with little mention of the evidence that clearly shows it is a hoax. You quote Ken Ham word for word and you printed quotes from six people, including three Kentucky officials, attesting to the truth of the ark.
Good, huh? This is the rest of Pete’s letter:
Tucked away was one sentence: “The beliefs of the creationists have spurred ridicule.” Where is the alternate worldview accepted by more than 97 percent of scientists? P.T. Barnum would be proud of you.
Excellent letter, Pete. Well done!
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