Creationist Blames Atheists And Media For “Ark Park” Failure

It is always a mystery how the most devout evangelicals who claim their personal god almighty not only created the entire universe in six short days, “he” also maintains control of all things occurring on planet Earth including terrible events and disasters. Such an all-powerful deity, however, certainly fails on many accounts according to the most ardent religious right fanatics; they regularly blame sinners of all stripes and the lack of a god-fearing population for myriad calamities plaguing the nation, particularly during or after a natural disaster.

According to the faithful, as long as they are doing “god’s work” the deity will bless them with spiritual ecstasy, massive material wealth, and complete protection from anything evil. So it was curious that a very zealous evangelical fundamentalist, creationist Ken Ham, recently blamed atheists and secular media for the economic failure of his taxpayer-funded theme park touting the glories of god’s creation, and his wanton destruction of the Earth with a flood. It leads one to ponder exactly how much the faithful really believe in the power of their deity if the existence of some non-believers are able to thwart a mission inspired by the biblical god.

One of the “selling points” creationist cretin Ken Ham touted in seeking taxpayer money to build his Creation Museum and Ark Encounter biblical theme park was that not only would it bring in untold wealth to further spread biblical mythos, it would enrich the surrounding areas beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Since that hasn’t happened, Ken Ham said it is not because his almighty god of the universe is powerless to rain down money on the region, but because atheists and the secular media are “powering the financial failure” of his “Ark Park.”

Ham took to “Answers in Genesis” to “lament” that atheists and “secularist media” are successfully damaging not only the reputation of his “Ark Encounter” theme park, but the local economy and surrounding local business community as well. He wrote:

Recently, a number of articles in the mainstream media, on blogs, and on well-known secularist group websites have attempted to spread propaganda to brainwash the public into thinking our Ark Encounter attraction is a dismal failure.

 Sadly, they (atheists and the secular media) are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way that they may prevent Grant County, Kentucky, from achieving the economic recovery that its officials and residents have been seeking.”

Ham’s remarks are so typical of the religious right, and conservatives in general that refuse to take “personal responsibility” for his, and apparently his god’s, failure to fulfill Ham’s promises – untold wealth for the region because taxpayers paid for Ham’s big boat folly. Ham knows, and so do the local businesses, taxpayers and regional leaders that atheists or the “secularist media” didn’t promise an economic bonanza from an Ark Encounter. Any economic failing is down to Ken Ham which is why he’s blaming atheists for “his broken promises to the citizens and business community of Grant County, Kentucky.”

What likely incited Ham’s blame game was an article in the Lexington Herald Leader that reported on the evangelical malcontent’s “failure to deliver on financial promises he made to community members and local businesses.” In that article, the Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood commented that the agreements between Ham’s Ark Encounter and the city and county were founded on “broken promises made by Ham and his people” after they were gifted with “extremely generous tax breaks.” Mr. Wood said,

 It’s a really bad deal for taxpayers. It was a shock for me because I didn’t really know all the details. Maybe I should have.”

The Mayor of Williamstown Kentucky, Rick Skinner, also complained about the evangelical zealot Ham’s broken promises. After being sold a bill of goods about god’s economic blessing as a result of taxpayer’s gift to Ham, the mayor expressed his “disappointment” that he fell for an evangelical’s swindle. He noted that despite the taxpayer’s largesse and the Christian’s pledge of an economic boom:

“There hasn’t been any commercial development here.”

What Mr. Wood and Mayor Skinner should have done, but clearly didn’t, was put down their King James for a minute and  consider that Ham is an evangelical nut-job of the highest order with no reasonable economic credentials. He also lacked comprehension that not very many (sane) people would rush to “experience” a big boat rumored to hold every living creature on the face of the planet. For dog’s sake; who wouldn’t have considered that a fanatic asking for taxpayer money to build a mythological “wooden ship” was an economic disaster waiting to happen?  The Ark Park did not need any atheists or “secularist media” to hinder its make believe economic success, that failure rests solely on Ken Ham; and god if one believes he blesses “good works in his name.”

Regardless of the criticism from “local business people” who should have known better than to be sucked into a con anyone with a pulse could see coming from across the nation, Ham is sticking to the argument that it isn’t god’s or his fault the Ark Park is an economic boondoggle for the region. He still claims the only reason the biblical theme park has failed to rain down money on the region is because of the “intolerant secularists.” The con man wrote:

“… we are in a spiritual battle, and the intolerant secularists are so upset with such world-class attraction like the Ark (and Creation Museum) that publicly proclaim a Christian message. They will resort to whatever tactics they deem necessary to try to malign the attractions.”

Seriously, Ham is a monumental nut-job on a few counts, but this bovine excrement that any “secularist” gives a rat’s ass about either the Ark Park or the Christian message is just a bit much to absorb, even from Ham. It is true non-believers don’t accept as truth that a homemade boat carried the millions of Earth’s living creatures while it was raining for 40 days, and nights,  but they could not possibly care less about an “attraction” representing the big boat. What many Americans, including believers, opposed was the religious-themed Ark Park being subsidized by taxpayers. And, if “secularists” didn’t swarm to the theme park to hand more of their hard-earned money to see Ham’s big boat, it is not because they are “intolerant;” it’s because they aren’t stupid.

As a religious right conservative, and avowed evangelical strictly adhering to the Christian bible, Ham is not embracing the notorious demand that every American has to take responsibility for their own plight. Of course people are not going to flock to see a big boat from an archaic Jewish religious story, but that is not the fault of atheists or the secular media – it is Ken Ham’s fault. Now that businesses and investors are realizing they were played by a snake oil salesman with a promise of riches from a big boat, Ham does what the religious right zealots always do; blame the atheists.

h/t Patheos

Republican Coward Says Reporter Is Dangerous As A Terrorist

Any American over the age of 17 or 18 has experienced cowards, particularly Internet cowards, who incite hate and violence against a person or specific demographic under cover of social media. These plagues-on-society revel in inciting outrage against individuals or groups and like the bully-punks they are, if they are exposed they cry foul like every seventh-grade bully that gets called out and challenged on the playground.

Although there was no shortage of anti-Islam rhetoric and incitement to violence throughout the Obama Administration, the campaign and election of corrupt bully Trump made anti-Muslim speech and increasing violence against Muslims a national pastime for America’s hater class. However, as is usually the case, when a Republican’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is exposed they generally disavow their comments as a lies or misconstrued. Unless you’re an Arkansas Republican state legislator and evangelical malcontent; then you accuse a journalist of being as scary and dangerous as a terrorist with a bomb.

The target of this article is a Koch-funded evangelical freak and as pusillanimous a Republican as any American will ever hear about. This chickenshit’s name is Jason Rapert and he is an Arkansas bible-thumper serving in the state’s senate. Rapert has made a name for himself as a “Koch-backed anti-women’s rights evangelical” Republican; a name that screams hate.  It is highly likely that Rapert hates women’s rights as ardently as he loathes followers of Islam. And, he hates Americans who believe Muslim-Americans are entitled to Constitutional equal rights as much as he hates women’s rights and Muslims. He is just a typical evangelical Republican dripping with hate.

A reporter for the Arkansas Times, Max Brantley, was assailed by Rapert this week claiming the reporter was “careless” in pointing out that the Arkansas Republican regularly posts videos on Facebook calling for violence against Muslims.

The Inquisitr reported that in a continuing trend, Rapert “shared” a video from Fox News complaining about a school designating a prayer room for Muslim students. However, Rapert didn’t just “share” the video; he added some typically religious Republican commentary reminding his acolytes why they should hate Muslims. He wrote:

It should be highlighted and understood why they are encouraging Islam which is a cult of death and violence against all non-Muslims. America in distress.”

Of course after being identified as a Republican inciting violence against Muslims in other video postings, the coward Rapert said that when he posts videos calling for violence against Muslims it’s not “touting or promoting” violence against Muslims, “it’s simply sharing” the idea of violence against Muslims

Rapert the scaredy-cat was so terrified over Brantley’s report exposing him as a hate-monger that he wrote to the reporter:

You persist in being careless. You played fast and loose with the truth. So now the national support group for all things Islamic has put a target on me as a result of YOUR messaging. I hold you personally responsible if ANY threats come against me and my family as a result of this. You are as dangerous with your pen as a terrorist with a weapon.”

Mr. Brantley noted that he is not the first journalist reporting that Republican Rapert is a hate-monger calling for anyone even supporting equal rights for Muslims to be incarcerated; likely without being charged or given a trial even though there is no law against supporting equal rights for Muslims, at least not yet. This is Trump’s America after all.

Brantley cited a piece in The Inquisitr that exposed Rapert’s “incitement to violence” against all Muslims he claimed belonged to “a cult of death and violence against all non-Muslims.” As an aside, in religious right parlance non-Muslim is code for “poor persecuted evangelical fundamentalists.” Rapert came up with a familiar evangelical solution to the religious right’s “Muslim” issue that was “reported” by a different journalist working for the Inquisitr who reported Rapert called for “rounding up all Muslims and anyone sympathetic to their equal rights regardless who is responsible for terror attacks.”

One can’t help but wonder if Rapert objects to being held “personally responsible” for the real violence being committed against innocent Muslim Americans as a result of his “support” for, and incitement of, violence against Muslims. And it is worth noting that since dirty Don’s election victory and sparsely-attended inauguration, there has been a gigantic increase in violence against Muslims and the American people who support them.

Of course no civilized human being wants any American to suffer threats to themselves or their families, and that is particularly true of the Muslims who are increasingly being targeted for discrimination and violence. However, the idea that the Arkansas bible-thumper is frightened that he will be the recipient of “threats” due to a journalist reporting the truth about his very un-Christian hate is brilliant.

Sadly, though, Rapert is so full of “evangelical hate” for Muslims as is he is women’s rights, he pledged to Brantley that he will never stop “targeting” Muslims for violence. In fact he wrote to Mr. Brantley “vowing that he is ‘forever resolved’ to keep posting [anti-Muslim] videos on Facebook despite his feelings that his family is imperiled.”

If that were true and he wasn’t an evangelical Republican coward, he would not have cried and complained to a reporter that he is as dangerous as a terrorist with a weapon; he would have proceeded with the courage of his purely hateful conviction.

Trump-DeVos Cut Public Education To Fund Evangelical Indoctrination

 

For those secular humanists who consider it their social obligation to cover politics and warn about the ever-present threat from the evangelical right, it seems reasonable to scream “we told you so;” especially now that Christian fundamentalists control the entire government. Part of the reason a relatively small percentage of the population now holds sway over the course of the nation and will easily usher in their long-awaited theocracy is because most political commentators, pundits and politicians are terrified of calling out the sole basis for many of the nation’s ills; evangelical fundamentalism. But that’s the subject of another commentary and not this angry piece.

It is an angry screed because as forewarned, this past week evangelical fanatic and unqualified Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has implemented phase one in her effort to transform America’s public education system into a loose confederation of taxpayer-funded Christian madrassas. This author, and a few others, have warned that when religious Republicans gained control of the entire government, they would finish what a few religious Republican governors started; force taxpayers to fund private Christian religious schools using money intended for public schools.

Part and parcel of DeVos’ assault on public education is drastically cutting its funding and using the proceeds to fund and develop for-profit private religious schools. The education budget’s draconian cuts of $10.6 billion will provide seed money for DeVos’ and Mike Pence’s plan to use the taxpayers’ money to fulfill the evangelical theocratic “goal of confronting the culture in ways to advance god’s kingdom.” One of the Christofascists’ “ways” is robbing taxpayer dollars to force America’s school-age children into embracing the evangelical worldview through indoctrination, fear-mongering, and daily propaganda; exactly like every other extremist religion has done throughout history.

That forced indoctrination will be supported in its initial stage with taxpayers giving “hundreds of millions of dollars” to for-profit private religious schools that was intended for public education “via vouchers and school choice programs.” The Washington Post reported:

The administration would channel part of the [public education cuts] savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to force public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.”

It is important to note that when Republican theocrats use the term “choice-friendly policies,” they mean “evangelical-friendly policies” and that includes spending taxpayer dollars to expand for-profit evangelical charters. Anyone who believes the religious right Republicans will allow taxpayer dollars to fund Islamic, Buddhist, Wiccan, Jewish or Heathen charter or private schools is an idiot. Remember, DeVos’ stated “their goal” was advancing god’s kingdom; a term straight out of the Christian bible and a favorite of the Christian Dominionist movement.

Previously, when queried about the constitutionality, and morality, of wasting taxpayer dollars on private religious schools, DeVos declared that her reason for robbing public education funds is that “there are not enough philanthropic [private] dollars “ to fund what is currently the need in education… advancing god’s kingdom.”

Tragically, DeVos isn’t alone in the drive to proselytize the youth of America into the evangelical mindset and it doesn’t bode well that Trump’s vice president and ultimate liar Mike Pence and well-documented perjurer Jeff Sessions are maniacal theocrats. In fact, it is certain that any legal challenge to using taxpayer dollars to fund private religious schools will be summarily dismissed by the attorney general who has gone on record stating the Constitution’s “Separation Clause” is patently unconstitutional and is no part of American history.

It is even worse than the vice president and attorney general pushing theocratic indoctrination in public schools.  Earlier this year, an alarming report was released by a conservative Christian group with intimate ties to Donald Trump that advocated forced promotion of Christianity in public schools and abolishing the Department of Education because it is not driven by evangelical theocracy.

The front for radical conservative Christians ensconced in the Trump White House presented an evangelical education policy manifesto to Trump and DeVos demanding the dismantling of the Education Department and inserting the biblical god into American classrooms. It is what the evangelical manifesto considersrestoring education in America in accordance with historic Judeo-Christian principles.” And DeVos, Trump, and the rest of the evangelical Republicans intend to follow those “principles” to the letter. According to the DeVos-Trump education budget, taxpayers will pick up the tab as they watch their public education system transformed into a cabal of money-making theocratic Christian madrassas and a generation of young people indoctrinated into stupidity and seriously archaic mythos.