Reactions to Ark Encounter opening
Hurricanes are a result of people’s sins, Ken Ham, the president and founder of the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, tweeted on Wednesday.
“Devastating Hurricanes-reminder we live in a fallen groaning world as a result of our sin against a Holy God-it’s our fault not God’s fault,” he tweeted.
In the tweet, he posted a picture with a verse from Romans 8:22: “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”
Destruction from Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas at the end of August, has resulted in more than 60 deaths. Another potentially catastrophic hurricane, Irma, could land in Florida this weekend.
In response to the tweet, Ham has received such comments as “Nice victim-blaming,” and “You blame sin not climate change?”
It’s not the first time Ham has made controversial statements. In July, Ham tweeted that the new rainbow illumination to the Ark was made to “remind the world that God owns the rainbow.”
Ham’s Ark also made headlines in June when it sold its main area of land, worth $48 million, to a non-profit affiliate for $10. Williamstown officials said they think this could have been the first step to becoming a non-profit, which would allow the theme park to avoid city, state and federal taxes. After the state suspended an $18 million tax incentive for the ark, Ark Encounter LLC reversed course.