The Ark Encounter in Kentucky has been opened for one year, a place built by Ken Ham to reenact Noah’s ark taking dimensions exactly from the Bible. The Ark Encounter helps children understand Noah’s story by answering questions throughout the facility. It includes three levels with fabricated figures such as Noah and the animals as well as a creation museum. The Ark truly presents a beautiful depiction of a famous biblical story and serves as a learning tool for believers and non-believers. Thus, it is no surprise the group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has attacked this exhibit through a campaign to halt the project and smear its teachings.
Andrew L. Seidel, a staff attorney at FFRF, created a commercial titled “Atheist Exposes Ark,” exposing his experience at the Ark Encounter exhibit. Seidel wrote a follow up article as well laced with atheistic intolerant rhetoric. The first two lines are:
It is a monstrosity. A $100 million lie directed at children.
Seidel continued his verbal rampage by noting the alleged lack of attendees at the Ark Encounter concluding that the project must be a failure. Seidel gave his readers his thoughts on why the flood could not have possibly occurred. He lists various questions about Genesis 7:20, some are:
Is there even enough water to rain that much? It would take 10 Atlantic Oceans to rain as much as the Bible claims he says.
How did these people and animals breathe at that elevation?
How did the animals survive after the flood?
Seidel claimed Ken Ham is blissfully ignorant of reality and just listens to that silly tale in the Bible literally.
His favorite part was the “Pre-Flood World” because it “shows the world was so evil that it deserved to be slaughtered. God is infinitely more wicked than this gleeful gent.” He then took a picture with a serpent at the Ark saying: “That wily serpent and the atheist. Can you see the family resemblance?” After befriending the serpent, Seidel simplistically concluded what the story of the flood is all about: “God is so angry with his playthings that he murders everyone.”
The ignorance of Seidel’s understanding of the story of Noah is quite disheartening. He talked about Noah’s sins after the flood, condemning Canaan to slavery. Seidel wrote:
This god’s chosen man [Noah]-the man who god personally selected to survive a worldwide genocide-condemning an innocent child to a life of slavery. Who would worship such a tyrant?
Yet there are approximately 2.3 billion Christians in the world who worship this God. The story of Noah, which billions of people live by, offers a message of hope despite destruction. Furthermore, Seidel forgets that God does not need his approval. Newsflash: God never did nor does need humans, we desperately need Him. Thus, when God spared Noah and his family’s lives that was an act of grace.
Noah’s cursing of Canaan was another example of how even after the devastation of the flood, humans still were sinful and disobedient. When Ham went in to the tent to mock Noah’s nudity and condition, Noah saw the moral flaws of Ham. He knew those flaws would be passed on to Canaan and his children. Therefore, the curse of God falls upon the Canaanities because of the sinfulness Noah foresaw. (Readers can learn more about the cursing of the Canaanities in detail from pastor Bob Deffinbaugh.)
Seidel ended his intolerant piece urging readers to support the FFRF to stop the secular government from supporting the creationist exhibit by not allowing public schools to take their students to this “monument of ignorance.” Seidel clearly believes children should not be educated on the authentic symbolism of the rainbow from Genesis 9:12-13, the wonderfully gracious promise for all creation:
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”