January 14, 2019
The Freedom from Religion Foundation was trying to scare school districts away from the Ark Encounter. Instead, it won them all free tickets!
Ken Ham's Creation Museum has been a major tourist attraction in Kentucky -- so much so that the secularists like FFRF are desperate to keep people from going. The last thing they want is for busloads of children to visit the Ark Encounter and the rest of Ham's exhibits and be confronted with the convicting truth about God. So FFRF decided there was one way to keep schools away: scare them.
In a letter to 1,000 nearby districts, the Wisconsin group makes a not-so-veiled threat that any school officials who authorize a visit may be making a second trip -- to court. "Public schools cannot organize trips for students to either the Creation Museum or the Ark Park," FFRF wrote. "The obligation to remain neutral on religion includes not teaching creationism, intelligent design, or any of their creatively named religious offspring to public school students..." the organization claims. "It is unacceptable to expose a captive audience of impressionable students to the overtly religious atmosphere of Ham's Christian theme parks."
As far as intimidation campaigns go, it was a good try. But thanks to some creative thinking, it was Ken Ham who got the last word. The atheist groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation have spent years, Ham told Fox News, trying to "brainwash people with an interpretation of the First Amendment... I would like to see some public schools and public parks to stand up to them and not succumb to their bullying and intimidation," Ham said. And he's going to be right there to defend them if they try.
"Because the FFRF has sent letters to 1,000 school districts, I'm offering them free admission for the teachers, students who come on an official public school trip. And if they do sue them, we have expert attorneys who are willing to defend them in court and I'd like to see a test case go to the Supreme Court and stop this nonsense from these atheist groups who try to outlaw Christian influence in this nation."
Instead of silencing Christianity and spooking schools, the Freedom from Religious Foundation may be responsible for exposing more students to biblical truth than ever! Talk about a campaign of harassment gone wrong. The best way to fight a bully is to stand up to him. And five states of schools are grateful that Ken Ham is ready to back them up when they do!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.