In the beginning, Ken Ham made the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. And he saw that it was good at spreading his belief that the Bible is a book of history, the universe is only 6,000 years old, and evolution is wrong and is leading to our moral downfall.
Ham's "Ark Encounter," built at a cost of more than $102 million, is scheduled to open July 7 in Williamstown, Ky. Ham and his crew have succeeded in erecting a colossal landmark and an ambitious promotional vehicle for their particular brand of Christian fundamentalism, known as "young earth" or "young universe" creationism.
But it was hardly smooth sailing. The state tried to revoke the tax rebates after learning that Ham would require employees to sign a "statement of faith" that would exclude people who were gay or did not accept his particular Christian creed. Ham went to court and in January, he won.
On a recent afternoon, the ...