Not only is Kentucky’s Ark Encounter theme park historically inaccurate and hemorrhaging money, its founder’s attempt to reclaim “God’s rainbow” from its association with LGBTQ Pride has become the target of gleeful mockery.
In a woebegone editorial for FoxNews.com, Christian activist — and serial fabulist — Todd Starnes lamented that LGBTQ activists are mocking creationist Ken Ham’s decision to keep the park’s replica of Noah’s Ark “permanently bathed in rainbow lights.”
“It makes the ark look incredibly gay,” said Kentucky Fairness Campaign’s Chris Hartman to USA Today.
A column in Orlando Weekly said, “This is Ken Ham’s sad attempt to take back the rainbow symbol from the LGBTQ community.”
Lol Ken Ham's addition of rainbow lights to the Ark, just makes it look like an LGBTQ+ pride symbol.
Shot yourself in the foot, Mr. Ham.
— Allison S. (@allisonsaurus) July 19, 2017
Ken Ham says he will now use the rainbow colors on Noah's Ark to honor and respect LGBT people. Kudos to you Ken.
— Austin O (@AnimeSoccer10) February 4, 2017
how is Ken Ham's pathetic ass ark gonna "take back the rainbow" it's barely gotten a million visitors over a year.
It's always empty
— Prince of Shadowban (@DovahBap) July 19, 2017
The Christian Bible says that God sent the first rainbow as a sign to Noah that the world-flooding tides were about to recede and as a promise that God would never again drown the world in a flood. Instead, the sixth chapter of the Book of Genesis says, God will cleanse the world with fire if it ever again becomes so wicked that it must be destroyed.
LGBTQ activists — like scientists — maintain that the rainbow is a natural phenomenon resulting from the bending of light, not a message from God. The color spectrum is a symbol for LGBTQ inclusivity and the broad array of orientations and gender expressions.
Ham’s Ark Creation park has been a drain on Kentucky’s state resources, taking millions of dollars in tax breaks that it has failed to pay back in revenue to the community. The park has seen a dearth of interest and the expected torrential flood of visitors has turned out to be barely a trickle.