The group says the ark is built based on dimensions in the Bible. For activists like Helton, the new religious theme park is a setback in the effort to remove creationist teachings from science class.
A Noah's Ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical account of a worldwide flood really happened is now open in Kentucky.
Some Creationists in Kentucky are ready to teach some biblical thrill seekers the story of creation-or at least the Bible's version of it-after the grand opening of a life-size Noah's Ark museum Thursday, the AP reports.
Ham says up to two million people could visit the ark in its first year.
The science educator also delivered the 2014 Presidential Lecture at Murray State University, shortly before the debate with Ham. Critics believe using state tax incentives is a violation of the separation of church and state. New applicants will be required to sign a statement saying they're Christian and "profess Christ as their savior". "They'll be able to keep a portion of (the sales tax) to further their ministry, but so be it".
The incentive, which allowed the park to recover taxes on money made from visitors, was revoked after it was revealed the park would only hire Christian workers, the park then sued and won. Much to Nye's dismay, the debate might have actually brought in more funding for the project after accumulating in 5.4 million views on YouTube. (Later, Nye would say he was "heartbroken and sickened" by the turn of events).
About three weeks after the debate, Ham announced that a bond offering from the city of Williamstown had raised $62 million for the project, and a few months later Answers in Genesis was breaking ground at the site of the ark.