Bill Nye "The Science Guy" spoke out this weekend after his July 8 visit to Kentucky's Ark Encounter, the life-sized Noah's ark theme park built by creationist Ken Ham, calling the new Christian attraction "disturbing." Nye also argued every science exhibit on the Ark's third deck is "absolutely wrong."
As reported by The Gospel Herald in the previous article Ken Ham and 'Science Guy' Bill Nye Debate Creationism on Tour of Noah's Ark Replica, Answers in Genesis and Creation Museum president Ham thought the personal tour with Nye went pretty well, all things considered. He even prayed for the science spokesperson at the end of it.
However, Nye told NBC News Saturday he was alarmed at what he saw inside the large replica. He said the Ark Encounter was an "eye-catching attraction" but "much more troubling or disturbing than I thought it would be."
He also said, "On the third deck (of the ark), every single science exhibit is absolutely wrong. Not just misleading, but wrong."
Ham posted on Facebook that Nye's visit had turned into an "almost two hour debate" as they walked through the three decks of exhibits at the Ark.
"Numerous children, teens, and adults swarmed around us as we passionately interacted as the audience grew. There were thousands of visitors at the Ark Encounter again today and a large group of them had a unique opportunity I'm sure they will never forget. Bill challenged me about the content of many of our exhibits, and I challenged him about what he claimed and what he believed," Ham stated.
"It was a clash of world views," Ham added, noting they ended with a "friendly handshake."
In another Facebook post on Sunday, Ham promised more video excerpts will be released over the coming week through AiG.
Nye repeatedly has explained he does not believe the Earth to be 6,000 years old, or that dinosaurs lived at the same time as humans. He has said that teaching children such beliefs as scientific truth is dangerous and harmful to their education, reports The Christian Post.
"It's all very troubling. You have hundreds of school kids there who have already been indoctrinated and who have been brainwashed," Nye said, describing how one young girl on the Ark asked him to change his way of thinking.
"The parents were feeding her word for word."
Ham said the Ark is a cue to the world of the Bible. "To remind the coming generations of the truth of God's Word. It's our way of presenting the truth of God's Word to the world," Ham said. "In a world that is becoming increasingly secularized and biased, it's time for Christians to do something of this size and this magnitude."