Bill Nye: Noah's Ark Park Gets Science So, So Wrong

Science Guy has beefs after visiting Kentucky's Ark Encounter
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2016 3:03 AM CDT
Updated Jul 18, 2016 6:47 AM CDT
Bill Nye: Noah's Ark Park Is Brainwashing Kids
Children look into a cage containing model baby dinosaurs at Ark Encounter.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

It was "much more troubling or disturbing than I thought it would be." That's what Bill Nye has to say about Ark Encounter, Kentucky's new $100 million Bible-themed attraction featuring the largest timber-frame structure in the world and … dinosaurs. The park suggests the world was created 6,000 years ago and that dinosaurs were still roaming when Noah—who park organizers say lived to be 950, per the Washington Post—built an ark to house two of each animal, as told in the Book of Genesis. "Every single science exhibit [located on the ark's third deck] is absolutely wrong," says Nye, who visited the site as a guest of his former debate partner and Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham, per NBC News. "This guy promotes so very strongly that climate change is not a serious problem, that humans are not causing it, that some deity will see to it that everything is OK."

"I'm not busting anyone's chops about a religion," he adds. But "it's all very troubling. You have hundreds of school kids there who have already been indoctrinated and who have been brainwashed." On Facebook, Ham appears happy with the "clash of world views" and opportunity to "share the gospel" with Nye. He notes he took a moment to pray for Nye, who "said I could do whatever I want as he couldn't stop me." Ham—who notes visitors to his nearby Creation Museum have doubled—aims to attract 2 million visitors to the 120,000-square-foot structure in the first year. A rep says 30,000 people visited in the first six days. However, Nye says visitors—forking over $40 for an adult ticket—will see only a partially-finished ark. "I guess they’re using the same cranes Noah used. The same brand," he quips. (Nye actually helped the park get its funding.)

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