Ken Ham, the man behind the idea for the Creation Museum and who launched a new attraction last year called Ark Encounter, is being ridiculed for attempting to reclaim the rainbow symbol for Christianity.
Ham has announced that the massive ark, which is the central attraction of the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, will be permanently lit with rainbow-colored lights.
The rainbow display brings to mind God’s promise never to destroy the earth again with a flood, which He gave to Noah and his family through the sign of a rainbow in Genesis 9. The rainbow, however, also brings to mind the symbol of the LGBT movement.
Ham hopes that using the rainbow in such a bold way will be a step toward reclaiming this originally-biblical symbol.
"We now have new permanent rainbow lights at the Ark Encounter so all can see that it is God's rainbow and He determines its meaning in Genesis 6," said Ham, who is also the founder of Answers in Genesis.
"The rainbow is a reminder God will never again judge the wickedness of man with a global Flood—next time the world will be judged by fire.”
Conservative commentator Todd Starnes reports that several LGBT supporters mocked Ham’s attempt to reclaim this symbol.
"This is Ken Ham's sad attempt to take back the rainbow symbol from the LGBTQ community," read a headline in the Orlando Weekly.
"It makes the ark look incredibly gay," said Kentucky Fairness Campaign's Chris Hartman.
Ham, however, maintains that he is only renewing what has always been an important biblical symbol:
"The rainbow itself wasn't designed to be a symbol of freedom, love, pride or the LGBTQ movement. God created this beautiful, colorful phenomenon and designated it as a sign of His covenant with Noah and his descendants forever,” said Ham.
Photo courtesy: arkencounter.com
Publication date: July 20, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.