An atheist group has plans for a billboard campaign to protest a Noah’s Ark replica theme park that is set to open this July in Kentucky.
The Tri-State Freethinkers organization claims it has raised more than $3,000 to create several billboards displaying the words “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths,” complete with, as the current rendering shows, an image of people drowning around the Ark:
Tri-State Freethinkers spokesman Tony Arnold claims that the billboards are meant to convey that the coming theme park is “a genocide park that celebrates the destruction of humankind, minus whoever was on the ark,” and endorses “repopulation through nefarious means.”
The $92 million Ark Encounter, a 510-foot wooden ship modeled after the biblical Ark's description in the Old Testament, is currently under construction in Grant County, Kentucky.
The park will include a petting zoo, theater, cafes, gift shop, and a 4,000-space parking lot. The park is also just 45 miles south of the Creation Museum, which presents a literal interpretation of Genesis, arguing that the Earth is no more than 6,000 years old.
Both parks are the creations of Answers in Genesis, a Christian organization, and AiG President Ken Ham isn't happy about the Freethinkers' counter-campaign, which he feels is an attack on Christianity itself.
On Friday, he told the Courier-Journal:
“We appreciate the fact that they are paying for the billboard to now bring more publicity to the Ark Encounter. Millions will visit the Ark Encounter.”
Meanwhile, The Freethinkers's fundraising page on Indiegogo explains its side of the conflict:
"The Ark Encounter is a water park based on a representation of Noah’s Ark. They are receiving state tax incentives while maintaining their discriminatory hiring practices …While they have a legal right to celebrate their mythology, we find it immoral and highly inappropriate as family entertainment.
Help us remind the surrounding community and potential patrons that the biblical story of Noah’s Ark is immoral and should not be encouraged as a family fun day."
This isn't the first time the atheist group has gone to battle with Christian groups.
Back in 2014, it distributed “The Young Atheist's Survival Guide” at several Boone County, Kentucky, high schools after Gideons International announced its plans to pass out Bibles at the schools.