On July 7th, the opening day of Answers in Genesis’ Ark Encounter theme park, the Tri-State Freethinkers are holding a protest during the day and a rally & after-party in the evening. At the protest, they’re expecting national media in attendance, since the practices of Ken Ham and his ark park have raised quite a bit of controversy over the past months and years. From religiously-based hiring practices, to securing millions in tax incentives for a religiously motivated project, to forcing employees to sign chastity pledges, to being just plain anti-science but marketing to impressionable children, this young earth creationism-focused “Genocide and Incest Park” (as TSF calls it) has been the focus of countless news and blog articles recently.
In response to its opening, the Tri-State Freethinkers are bringing in some big names in the secular movement. So far, they’ve secured David Silverman of American Atheists, David Smalley from Dogma Debate, Dan Barker of FFRF, Larry Decker of Secular Coalition for America, Aron Ra, Callie Wright, Dan Arel, and many more. And in honor of full disclosure, I will also be attending the protest as well as speaking at the rally on behalf of Young Skeptics.
If you’re in the area and are interested in attending either FREE event (or both), you can find links to the Facebook and Meetup pages below. Hope to see you there!
Protest 7/7/16 10am
Rally and Afterparty 7/7/16 7pm