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  • Noah's ark to celebrate 1st anniversary July 7

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, July 06, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo from ArkEncounter.com
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- In its first year, a modern-day Noah's ark has drawn more than a million visitors into northern Kentucky to look at the life-size replica of the biblical boat. The Ark Encounter theme park will celebrate its first anniversary on Friday (July 7).

    "We've had an excellent first year attendance," said Mark Loy, spokesman for Answers in Genesis, the company that built the 510-foot ark only a few miles from its sister attraction, the Creation Museum, which just turned 10 years old. Read More

  • Ken Ham: Bill Nye series will reject true Savior

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    Ark Encounter photo
    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The upcoming Netflix talk show "Bill Nye Saves the World" will likely attack creationism and other matters of faith as damaging to scientific theory and study, apologist and creationist Ken Ham predicted.

    "I am sure Bill Nye will see his new TV series as one where he can try to 'save the world' from those biblical creationists that he falsely believes undermine science/technology," Ham told Baptist Press. "I believe he will try to appeal to the millennials in particular that he is going to save the world from creationists. He also wants to save the world from what he believes is the most important issue of the day -- climate change." Read More

  • Ark Encounter critics 'guaranteed more publicity'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- A letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation warning public schools not to take field trips to the Ark Encounter theme park in northern Kentucky has been characterized by the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Kentucky Today news resource as unwittingly helping to attract "even more visitors."

    Local pastors told Baptist Press the Williamstown, Ky., attraction, which opened last week and features a life-size replica of Noah's Ark, already has served as a tool for evangelism and discipleship. Read More

  • Bill Nye tours Ark Encounter, hears Gospel

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Answers in Genesis.
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- When evolutionist Bill Nye "the science guy" visited a life-size replica of Noah's Ark in northern Kentucky, he wanted to learn how children were reacting to what he has called a danger to science education.

    By the time he left the Ark Encounter theme park, he had also learned the story of Christ's atoning death on the cross for humanity's sins, Ark Encounter's chief executive Ken Ham told Baptist Press, underscoring the park's value as an evangelistic tool. Read More

  • Replica of Noah's Ark opens to public

    by Kristen Lowry/Kentucky Today , posted Thursday, July 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Kristen Lowry/Kentucky Today
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- Thousands of supporters and media descended on the rural town of Williamstown, Ky., earlier this week for the ribbon cutting of a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark. The Ark Encounter theme park opens to the public today (July 7).

    "If it floods again, will it float?" a reporter shouted out during a July 5 press conference as dark clouds rolled across the sky over the property off I-75.

    "I've had many people in the media ask me if it will float, and my answer is this: read the Bible," responded Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that built the ark. His response brought cheers from the crowd. Read More

  • Atheists' anti-Ark slogan refused by advertiser

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Answers in Genesis photo
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- A leading outdoor advertising company has refused to construct billboards a group of atheists had planned against the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter museum and park nearing completion in Williamstown, Ky.

    Lamar Advertising Company refused the project after learning Tri-State Freethinkers planned to call the biblical story of Noah's Ark genocide and incest, Hal Kilshaw, Lamar vice president of governmental relations, told Baptist Press today (May 12). Read More

  • Atheists plan billboards against Ark museum

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Answers in Genesis photo
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- A small group of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana atheists has launched a campaign to buy billboards mocking the message of the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter museum and its July 7 opening.

    The 1,500-member Tri-State Freethinkers have raised $10,000 to post negative billboards near the life-sized recreation of Noah's Ark and to, as their Indiegogo funding page asserts, "drive our billboard around the Ark Encounter every weekend for the entire summer." Read More

  • Ark Encounter gets tax incentive up to $18.25M

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (2 years ago)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky tourism authority has granted the Answers in Genesis apologetics ministry a tax incentive that could top $18 million for its Ark Encounter museum opening July 7 in Williamstown.

    The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved the incentive at its April 25th meeting, ending a years-long AiG battle with the state for the incentive that allows developers of certain tourism projects to recover up to 25 percent of the project's development costs over a 10-year span. Read More

  • AiG wins court battle for Ky. tax incentive

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Answers in Genesis has won a court battle to benefit from a Kentucky sales tax rebate incentive program that could save the apologetics ministry up to $18 million on its Ark Encounter museum being built in northern Kentucky.

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky had withheld the incentive program from AiG by claiming that the ministry would use religion to discriminate in hiring its employees, and that the use of tax incentives to advance religion violated state law. In its lawsuit, AiG argued that the tax incentive was "facially neutral" and thereby applicable to religious organizations just as any ... Read More

  • Answers in Genesis files lawsuit against Ky.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    PETERSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Answers in Genesis is suing the government of Kentucky for alleged discrimination in refusing to extend a sales tax rebate incentive program to the Ark Encounter theme park the apologetics ministry is building in northern Kentucky.

    The state's decision to deny the tax incentive based on AiG's status as a religious organization is against the law and violates legal precedent, the lawsuit asserts. Read More