Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter in Grant County, Kentucky has Flood Damage, and he’s Suing, How Christian of Him

Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis is in the news again. This evangelical carnival barker filed a lawsuit against an insurance company in Switzerland who refused to pay damages at the access road at The Ark Encounter in Grant County, Kentucky. The insurance carrier balked pointing out that the construction was shoddy. This lawsuit comes to symbolize much of what is wrong in evangelicalism.

“For the grifter, ripping people off is seldom the point. The grifter is an artiste who invests in the long con. “

Jacob Weisberg 

“The reason con artists get away with what they get away with is, their victims are ashamed of their own blindness and their own gullibility, and they tend to just quietly go away.”

Walter Kirn 

When he is tried, let him be found guilty,
    and may his prayers condemn him.
May his days be few;
    may another take his place of leadership.

Psalm 109:8-9 NIV

Its time to discuss Ken Ham, and the BS meter is making another appearance 

There’s more news about Ken Ham and his Ark Encounter that deserves to be covered. This fierce defender of the “faith” is bringing a lawsuit against the insurance company that insured him for over $1 million dollars in damage. Let’s look at what happened. 

 

Flood Damage to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter 

In 2017 and 2018 in Grant County, Kentucky heavy rains took place which damaged the access road to the Ark Encounter experience. The damage was extensive and the five insurance carriers refused to cover the work. They claimed that the workmanship was shoddy and flawed. There was no damage to the wooden ark which is okay. 

 

Ken Ham Sues…and Some Analysis

In response Ken Ham decided to sue his insurance carrier and their subsidies. The law firm Keating, Muething & Klekamp in Cincinnati, Ohio is handling the lawsuit.  The 77 page lawsuit was filed in US District Court. The lawsuit asks for both compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit names Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings of Switzerland, its use company and three other insurance carrier. Allied hasn’t issued a response to the lawsuit. This is how the damages were described in a news narrative in the legal case. “Subsequent to heavy rains, a significant landslide occurred along portions of the slope, which eliminated the structural support for the roadway,” the lawsuit states. “(The landslide) caused significant damage to the road surface itself… and rendered portions of the road unsafe and unfit for use.Ken Ham calls the responses by the media to be “fake news.” Answers in Genesis is having their followers harass the media and they even put out a statement about the situation in, “Faked News.” 

 

The lawsuit comes to represent evangelicalism well. Many evangelicals talk a good game but can’t live out the faith. They can’t engage in conflict resolution and bring disputes to a close through talking, engaging and more. Like the construction issues that were pointed out by the insurance companies evangelicalism can be shoddy. Also many evangelicals can’t deal with the facts when they face them, thus allowing them to live in an alternative reality. Plus while espousing the Gospel many evangelicals can lash out in response to problems. I would like to know, as to when people will realize that Ken Ham is a fraud. That he is a huckster and a con-artist. When will people realize that Ken Ham is an opportunist and they are being had. Ken Ham is like a carnival barker desperate and always needing attention. This blog views him as one of the most destructive people in evangelicalism. Its time other people deny Ken Ham the attention he seeks and the money that he wants. 

 

7 thoughts on “Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter in Grant County, Kentucky has Flood Damage, and he’s Suing, How Christian of Him

  1. Your words: “Ken Ham is a fraud. That he is a huckster and a con-artist. When will people realize that Ken Ham is an opportunist and they are being had. Ken Ham is like a carnival barker desperate and always needing attention. This blog views him as one of the most destructive people in evangelicalism. Its time other people deny Ken Ham the attention he seeks and the money that he wants.“

    “The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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  2. Here’s a little data on the direction of your blog!
    I took the liberty of doing a little research. And as of right now here’s where you are:

    Jan 2019 – 56 Posts – 351 Comments – Average = 6.3
    Feb 2019 – 47 Posts – 238 Comments – Average = 5.1
    Mar 2019 – 24 Posts – 121 Comments – Average = 5.0
    Apr 2019 – 27 Posts – 127 Comments – Average = 4.7
    May 2019 – 34 Posts – 86 Comments – Average = 2.5

    When you consider how easy it is to be negatively driven … I would say your relevance is certainly on the fall. People are finding better places to get their negativity. Give your fingers a rest and decide to go positive.

    Promote Christ and His saving power to a dying world looking for hope.

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    • I don’t think the direction or approach of the blog has changed much. To me, it doesn’t speak negatively about Christianity itself, it instead calls out what the author sees as abusive or hypocritical actions and behavior exhibited by individuals and organizations within Christianity. From my standpoint as a semi-regular commentor, I tend to think there is a different dynamic in play when it comes to the number of comments. Many of the blog pieces over the last few months have dealt with a few very specific church situations, and one notable church situation in particular. I typically don’t comment on these because I am not personally familiar with these situations, and some other regular commentors are likely in the same boat. It’s not that I am disinterested in these situations, I do read the posts, it is just that I don’t have anything additional to bring to the conversation. I am more likely to comment on more general topics where I have personally encountered factors relevant to the particular blog topic being discussed.

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  3. I’m just curious which group of people fit the mold in the first half of your last paragraph? Clearly evangelicals you feel are a no. Is there a group evangelicals should strive to be like?

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  4. Just constructive feedback: My take away from this brief article is that you deeply despise Ken Ham and disagree that a Christian should ever pursue a lawsuit against an insurance company. I was expecting an explanation of why you hold such low opinions about the guy. I thought you would have presented the specific evidence to support your claims about the character assassination. Otherwise, I am left with the assumption that you disagree with his creationist views – and that draws you to these conclusions. I am certainly open to hearing you out if there’s more.

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    • Rpien, Ken Ham weaponizes the YEC issue. It becomes a “one must be or you are not a Christian.” To prop up so much on one interpretation is toxic. Ken Ham enjoys being provocative and intentionally creating conflict I am more of an older earther, and my beef is not with those who belief in YEC. I have a close friend who believes in YEC. Difference is that my friend doesn’t use YEC as a hammer. I respect him for how he believes. He respects my beliefs and its a non-issue. Some of the people I run into who are into Ken Ham and AIG enjoy the friction. Its fight, fight, fight, fight. No rest for the weary. I would love to see him go back to Australia but as I heard many evangelicals don’t want him there either. Does that clear things up?

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