In August, an anti-AiG letter to the editor appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the largest newspapers in Kentucky. This paper frequently prints misinformation and outright lies about Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter, which opened last year. For example, the paper claimed in an editorial on December 11, 2014, that we were building the Ark with “government handouts” from the state of Kentucky.
Almost immediately after last August’s hostile letter, an AiG supporter, who lives just north of our Ark Encounter, fired off his own letter to the editor to refute the claims by the writer, Mr. Daniel Phelps. Here is the full letter submitted to the paper by Mr. Pat Moran. Most of his letter appeared in last Saturday’s Lexington Herald-Leader.
I was surprised to read such a sarcastic letter (Daniel Phelps, August 31) from a scientist who is not very careful in his research. Regarding the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, he falsely claimed that Ark officials tried to “avoid having to pay for adequate fire and police protection.”
On the contrary, the Ark Encounter has stated many times that it was willing to pay its “fair share” into the city’s new safety fund and suggested a yearly cap of $500,000. It is a very generous amount, given the fact that the city has only 4,000 residents. From my research, I found that emergency-service calls to the Ark from both Williamstown and the city of Dry Ridge have averaged only about two per week for the first year. Furthermore, many of these emergency calls were for medical reasons, and Ark guests who were tended to were often covered by their own medical insurance and the city was reimbursed. The Ark has been paying into the safety fund, not “avoiding” it.
Mr. Phelps is a long-time vocal opponent of the Ark who has misrepresented the theme park many times. Apparently, he has never wanted the state to see major economic benefits such as thousands of jobs created, new tourism-related businesses built (like hotels and restaurants), and tax revenue generated by about 1.3 million people who have visited since the Ark opened last year. The remarkable Ark has been a huge success, to the chagrin of Mr. Phelps.
Atheists, such as Mr. Phelps, not surprisingly continue to spread misinformation about the Ark Encounter and, rather frustratingly, the secular media and bloggers continue to print these outright lies, even though simple research on our site would show that we’ve refuted these claims and presented the truth many, many, (many) times. It shows that much of the media does not care about truth—they are agenda-driven (with a specifically by and large anti-Christian agenda) and want to use their power to suppress the truth.
Mr. Phelps is the same man who made the bizarre charge to the media a few years ago that we at AiG don’t do “scientific research.” We refuted that false claim in the blog “Who Is Dan Phelps?”
We are thankful for our supporters, such as Pat Moran, who stand with us and with the truth.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.