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. “
“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.”
When he is tried, let him be found guilty,
and may his prayers condemn him.
8 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.