The media is having a field day over the irony of Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter having to sue its insurers over uncovered water damage.
The faith-based attraction in Kentucky is approximately 510 feet long and is designed to be a replica of the Biblical ark (boat) belonging to the historic Noah, which God used to save a remnant of mankind from a global flood. Hence, there’s irony in the fact that the building has suffered rain damage and the owners of the facility are having fight to have the costs covered.
Although liberals, Old Earthers, and evolutions are sneering at the headlines, a fact-check demonstrates a few important things to keep in mind.
First, the replica ark was not designed for sea-worthiness. Obviously, it was designed as a tourist attraction. It is not an actual boat. It’s a tourist trap made to look like a boat and be to Biblical scale.
Secondly, the ark itself was not damaged by torrential rains or flooding. The 77-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court details that the flooding caused a landslide that eroded roads leading to the ark complex, not the ark itself.
According to the lawsuit itself, “Subsequent to heavy rains, a significant landslide occurred along portions of the slope, which eliminated the structural support for the roadway, caused significant damage to the road surface itself and the incorporated improvements, and rendered portions of the road unsafe and unfit for use.”
So before anyone makes fun of the ark encounter, remind them of these two facts. First, it’s not an actual boat (or yeah, it might be legitimately funny). Secondly, the ark wasn’t damaged. The roads were damaged.