Recently the Lexington Herald-Leader in our home state of Kentucky published an excellent opinion piece about the Ark Encounter and the secular billboards that the Tri-State Freethinkers (led by an avowed atheist) want to put up to counter our Ark project. This billboard campaign—which features a “bathtub ark” and the words “genocide and incest park”—is meant to discourage people from visiting the Ark when it opens July 7.
Jim Helton, president of the 1,300-member group, warns that “while they have a legal right to celebrate their mythology, we find it immoral and highly inappropriate as family entertainment.”
Oh where to begin?
Positive note: these atheists welcomed the term “immorality” into their vocabulary. Negative: atheists exegeting Bible stories are bound to miss major points. Of all the things to protest as immoral in our day, it is wildly off-target to pick on a Bible story meant to teach what happens to people when they become immoral.
It is no less ironic that the Tri-State Atheists are imposing their concept of morality from a worldview that is bereft of moral absolutes. Such contradictions aren’t uncommon but increasing are displays of hostility by fundamentalist atheists offended at public displays of religion.
It’s interesting that atheists, who have no foundation for moral absolutes except their own opinion, are accusing the holy and just God—who as Creator has every right to punish sin—of being immoral. But how do they define immoral? Well, the only way to do that is to appeal to moral absolutes—which are found in God’s Word.
This new atheist billboard campaign highlights how intolerant these secularists are of Christians exercising their right to freedom of religion—and also highlights how inconsistent they are in their beliefs. They don’t want people to be exposed to the truth of God’s Word. Interestingly, one secular radio personality, who agrees with some things the Tri-State Freethinkers do (such as trying to keep the Gideons from handing out Bibles in public schools), said in an on-air interview with the president of the Tri-State Freethinkers,
Many things I agree with you guys with . . . but . . . I disagree with you. I think this [putting up the billboards] is petty; I think it’s beneath you guys.