Ken Ham Just Threw a Twitter Tantrum Aimed at the Washington Post

On Saturday, Vicky Hallett at the Washington Post published an article criticizing Ken Ham and his fellow “creation scientists” while introducing the pro-science documentary We Believe in Dinosaurs.  In the article, Hallett incorrectly claims that Ham’s Ark Encounter teaches visitors that dinosaurs went extinct due to the Noah’s Ark global flood 4,000 years ago.  When Ken Ham got wind of the article yesterday, he fired off a bunch of tweets at the Post to try to get them to correct the article’s false claim.

Ironically, Ken Ham has no issue with the false claims that his landlocked monstrosity of a waste of money teaches to children and the gullible.  I’m glad to see that a documentary like We Believe in Dinosaurs is in production.  My fingers are crossed that it will be a strong, convincing film.  If you’re interested in supporting it, and getting some pretty sweet perks in return, check out the film’s Indiegogo campaign.

Although Ken Ham’s twitter tantrum wasn’t even close to the meltdowns we regularly see from President-elect Donald Trump, it’s always fun to see someone who built his career on misinformation lose his mind when someone else represents him or his organization incorrectly.  It just reminds me when Ham did the exact same thing to me at the launch of Young Skeptics, writing an article about our organization entitled, “It’s Really Atheism for Kids.”  No it isn’t, dummy.

As of the publishing of this article, the Washington Post has yet to correct their statement about the Ark Encounter’s message.

 


Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, co-founder of Young Skeptics, and author of Understanding an Atheist. He is known for local and national secular activism and has spoken at conferences and events such as Reason Rally 2016 and the Ark Encounter Protest and Rally.

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21 thoughts on “Ken Ham Just Threw a Twitter Tantrum Aimed at the Washington Post

  1. What is the “Agenda” Ham thinks is behind this trivial mistake? If anything, the idea that the dinosaurs does out in the flood is slightly less dumb than the idea they were on the ark and died out shortly after.

    1. Exactly. “Hey, we’re not so scientifically illiterate to believe that the flood wiped out the dinos! Look, we managed to house them on the ark, feed them, remove their waste, and keep them from eating all of the other animals! You ‘evolutionists’ are so stoooopid.”

      1. They need the amusement park distractions added: zip lines and maybe a Carousel with two of each animal on the Ark. That’ll seal the deal fer sher. /s

  2. Yeah, big whoop, they didn’t make one stupid claim that is unsupported by fact, they made an entirely different one.

    1. There was a flood, and many civilizations in the area recorded it. It just so happened that the Jews who compiled the old testament decided to read more into it than necessary and invented Noah as a moralizing device.

      Note: the flood was not a earth-destroying-everything-dies event. It was a localized flood. A regular flood. Messy yes, and probably not fun, like when my town floods. But just a flood. I want to make sure no one thinks I think the “big guy” actually hit the reset button or anything.

      1. My headcanon for it is that there was the contemporary equivalent of a conspiracy theorist (bronzefoil-hatter maybe) who was determined the world would end and people had to make plans. Comes a bad rainy season, the village gets flooded, Crazy Noah floats half a mile on a barn door with a nervous goat looking at him like he’s cornered it in an elevator. The story grows in the telling.

      2. I would be willing to bet that early man frequently lived near big rivers so that a handy water source was always available. The downfall to that is that there probably were frequent floods that may have wiped out relatively large populations. That’s why many cultures have similar flood stories.

  3. I got an idea! Make the whole Ark a RIDE — You get in a little “car” (like a roller coaster) designed to look like an animal that was supposedly on the ark — and you “ride” the animal up the ramp into the main door (like it shows in all the pictures) and it takes you on a LONG, WINDING ride from the bilges of the ark (don’t think an Ark/Barge are supposed to have bilges though), up through the upper decks, and the animal you’re riding emerges at the topmost deck, then you’re ejected from the car, onto a supper slide that goes into the puddle that they have at the base of the ark (and the empty little animal goes down a steep shaft to the entrance level of the ark where it starts all over again). Fun AND misinformational!

  4. I still have trouble understanding how an adult could believe something as patently stupid as Noah’s ark. I even have trouble understanding how a child could believe it’s true once they attain even a scrap of knowledge. The whole thing is ridiculous.

        1. As I started typing I realized it was a year old article(thanks Patheos) but I decided to send it anyway. Thanks for the reply.

  5. The Washington Post IS going to have to do a better job if they’re going to gain trust back from the alt-righters and the Limbaugh followers.

    Unfortunately, when the right wing thinks about “fake news,” lately, they think about the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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