The website Inquisitr describes itself as “an internationally recognized news website read by more than 40 million unique visitors each month.” They have this headline: Ark Encounter: City Warned, Drops Trip PLans for Controversial Religious site. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The Ark Encounter theme park, a site that accompanies Ken Ham’s Creation Museum in using exhibits to promote a young-earth creationist worldview, has been under the eye of church-state separation watchdog group Freedom From Religion Foundation [FFRF] since before construction was completed. Concerns about the park, which depicts Noah’s Ark as Ham believes it might have been based in part on Biblical description, have included religious preference expressed in hiring, tax credits, and public school field trips.
Yes, Freedom From Religion Foundation has been a continuing problem for ol’ Hambo — see Ken Ham Offers $1 Admission for School Kids. Then we’re told:
Now it seems the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum will be denied visits of another kind: group visits organized by local government groups.
Really? Let’s read on:
The Christiansburg, Virginia Parks and Recreation Department had arranged a three-day trip to Kentucky, visiting the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, along with an unnamed “mystery adventure.” … Aside from cost and deadlines (participants had until February 28 to sign up), the trip information includes a description of the Ark Encounter park as a way to “experience the pages of the Bible like never before.”
They’re talking about Christiansburg, Virginia. The news continues:
However, the Freedom From Religion Foundation heard of the Ark Encounter trip through a concerned resident of the city, and Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel contacted Christiansburg Parks and Recreation director, Brad Epperly. … The letter praised efforts to organize family-friendly entertainment but suggested that the Ark Encounter fell outside the realm of entertainment appropriate for government involvement.
What did the city do? We’re told:
The FFRF reports that legal counsel quickly responded on behalf of the city, assuring that the Ark Encounter trip had been canceled and would soon be removed from the city website.
Wow — that was quick. They provide this link to the city’s two sentence reply. One last excerpt from the Inquisitr:
[I]n this case, Ken Ham has as yet released no public comment about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s request to the city of Christiansburg Virginia, or the decision by the city’s legal counsel to cancel the trip to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter theme park.
We’re eagerly awaiting ol’ Hambo’s response.
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