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There are always consequences when engaging with the enemy. And when Bill Nye "The Science Guy" agreed to debate evolution vs. creationism with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham last month, he was considered to have won the debate, but he also brought a financial windfall to the museum that Ham describes — of course — as "a miracle."


According to NPR, Ham has been trying to add an "Ark Encounter" theme park to the museum, but was unable to get the project off the ground; Ham had only raised $14 million of the $150 million initially proposed. That is, until Ham's widely watched February 4th debate with Nye, which inspired the city of Williamburg, Kentucky (and the proposed site of the park) to issue a $62 million municipal bond, thus keeping the Ark Encounter project alive. Ham of course gives God the credit for the last-minute save, but admits Nye was also responsible, presumably unconsciously performing God's will. Here's what Ham said in a statement from his Answers in Genesis Ministry:

"We praise our Creator God for His blessings and for the incredible support we just witnessed from our generous supporters around the country," declared Ham. ...

"It was a challenging time, one that on a human level required a miracle to overcome," Ham added. "And God in His providence supplied our needs."


And here's what Nye said about the "miracle," according to the Associated Press:

"If he builds that ark, it's my strong opinion, it's bad for the commonwealth of Kentucky and bad for scientists based in Kentucky and bad for the U.S.," Nye said. "And I'm not joking, bad for the world."

Image: AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Matt Stone

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