By Barbara J. King
Watching the NBC Nightly News broadcast on a Friday earlier this month, I gaped as the last segment aired.
Kevin Tibbles was reporting from the site of Kentucky’s Ark Encounter, constructed by Christian fundamentalist, young-Earth creationist and Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham. At the time, Ark Encounter was set to open to the public the following week.
Tibbles described Ark Encounter as telling “the Old Testament story of Noah, the animals and, of course, the flood.” He interviewed Ham and closed out the 2-minute piece by noting Ham’s hope that people will come in droves “to study the story of Noah for generations to come.”
What did Tibbles fail to explain?
For one thing, that the Ark shows in its animatronic displays the co-existence of dinosaurs and people. Dinosaurs, of course, went extinct (well, except for birds, but that’s another subject) 65 million years ago; the human lineage evolved 6 million years ago, and our own species about 200,000 years ago.
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