Take this latest article about supposed Ark attendance republished by the The Cincinnati Enquirer (see photo):
- The paper did not talk to me as CEO (or, as far as I know, never asked to talk to me) before printing this misleading and erroneous attack piece against the Ark.
- Ark attendance was actually up for the second year of operation. This article was previously published in another Kentucky secular paper (Lexington Herald-Leader) in October when we still had nine months to go to calculate the overall attendance for the third year!
- The “safety tax” that the city of Williamstown imposed on the Ark cannot be used as a basis for calculating an accurate attendance count, as they have done.
- The ultimate source for this article is not AiG but local atheists who have continued to voice their disdain/hatred against the Ark (and Creation Museum) and do all they can to spread misinformation in their failed attempts to undermine the phenomenal success of the Ark and Museum attractions.
- Such an attack piece is misguided in that it does not hurt the Ark but it can hurt the city of Williamstown. I could understand if, after reading this, commercial developers become skittish about developing hospitality venues (which are sorely needed) in Williamstown.
- Had the newspaper contacted the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, the NKY Chamber of Commerce, or hotels and restaurants in Northern Kentucky, they would find the Ark (and Museum) have created a tourism boom. In fact, Northern Kentucky now is the largest faith-based tourist destination in the USA. Just last week, B & B Riverboats shared with our leadership that their business had doubled since the Ark opened and that they are now expanding their facility.
Ark attendance was actually up for the second year of operation.
Yes, I know, we should be used to this as Christians! However, there are times when I, once again, warn people about trusting anything published in secular newspapers. Think about it—if this publication gets it so wrong about the Ark in this article, does that not warn us that all their articles are probably error-prone to one degree or another? It’s disappointing that our local media (The Cincinnati Enquirer) would stoop to this level—but they’ve done it before, and sadly I suspect they will do it again.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.