Ken Ham, the man behind the Creation Museum and the future Ark Encounter amusement park, has been disinvited from a homeschool convention in Cincinnati next week because he made "ungodly, and mean-spirited" comments about another speaker, according to the convention's organizers.
Ham also will be excluded from future conventions, according to a statement by Brennan Dean of Great Homeschool Conventions.
"The board believes that Ken's public criticism of the convention itself and other speakers at our convention require him to surrender the spiritual privilege of addressing our homeschool audience," Dean said in the statement.
Ham is a founder of Answers in Genesis, which built the Creation Museum in Petersburg, an interactive series of exhibits on "young earth" beliefs, including ones that show humans interacting with dinosaurs. Ham is also spearheading attempts to build an amusement park with a life-size replica of Noah's Ark, which will include dinosaurs on board. The project has won preliminary approval for up to $37 million in state tax incentives.
At issue are criticisms by Ham of Peter Enns of the Biologos Foundation, who has said the fall of Adam and Eve can be construed as a symbolic story of Israel's beginnings, rather than a literal description of human beginnings.
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