One Letter Criticizes Hambo’s Press Coverage

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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5 responses to “One Letter Criticizes Hambo’s Press Coverage

  1. Eric Lipps

    Tucked away was one sentence: “The beliefs of the creationists have spurred ridicule.”

    Not enough ridicule. Nevertheless, sooner or later Ham’s Disneyfication of Genesis is likely to wear thin, as the curiosity-seekers and media coverage peel away, leaving only the inbreds and the credulous (not necessarily one and the same) behind.

  2. Slightly OT, has there been any info on day 1 attendance?

  3. Kings Island was pretty cool. I’ve not been there since I was much younger, but at the time (70s), it was essentially a scaled-down version of Disney World. I’ve also been to two other parks owned by the same company, Kings Dominion (down in Virginia near Richmond) here on the Least Coast and Cedar Point in northern Ohio. Enjoyed them all.
    Probably infinitely more entertaining than Ark Park, since I would probably be thrown out of Ark Park for laughing too much.

  4. From videos posted online, particularly here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/07/07/scenes-from-ark-encounters-opening-day-inside-the-ark/ but probably elsewhere also, the opening day was underwhelming to say the least.