As an Atheist I hear all kinds of arguments by theists who insist that the Bible is factual, and that the story of Noah's Ark really did happen.
Of course, to any rational person, the story of Noah's Ark is just that, a story. A tall tale. It's a piece of fiction written by man which defies both logic and reality. If you took about five minutes to really think about it you would come to the conclusion that it is physically impossible for Noah to have collected and housed two of every living creature on the face of the planet, in such a small space such as the Ark, let alone for such a prolonged period of time. Never mind that the oceans salinity would have been radically changed so that most sea life would have perished during a world-wide flood.
The whole story is just absolutely preposterous, as are about 99.9% of all biblical or religious stories, yet people still insist the story of the Ark was real, and that it did indeed happen regardless of all the hard scientific evidence we have to date which refutes any claims theists make in reference to the Noah's Ark tale.
Ken Ham, the creator and director of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, has announced that his plans to build a life-sized to-scale replica of the Ark is moving forward. He plans on building the Ark so people can take tours of it and see exactly what the Ark probably looked like according to biblical accounts. It would be even better if he built it exactly as Noah had supposedly been instructed by god to - by hand, with bronze age tools, no nails, and only about 7 people, but that would indeed be asking too much from someone such as Ken Ham, so we'll have to do with one made by a modern-day construction company. Never the less, it will be built and people will flock to it, including many Atheists.
Many Atheists seem to be complaining about Ham's Ark project, saying it is a waste of money, that it is a useless project, that it only serves to further promote religion, and so-on. I disagree.
This is the sort of project Atheists should have taken on a long time ago, before Ham. Many Atheists have a bad habit of hating anything remotely religious and refuse to see the benefits of such a project. They would prefer to complain about it, all the while missing the amazing benefits such projects have in regards to the secular community.
To have a life-sized and to-scale replica of the Ark is, in my opinion, a wonderful and invaluable thing. It will finally allow people to see how small the Ark truly was, and how utterly impossible it would have been to house that many animals aboard it for such a prolonged period of time with so few care-takers. It is the perfect piece of proof to demonstrate to theists how preposterous their claims that this story was in any way plausible actually are. It's a physical piece of evidence that we will be able to point to and use to refute many theist's claims that the story of Noah's Ark was in any way true.
Atheist's need to stop for a moment and realize what a great service Ken Ham is actually providing us in the fight against religion. His museum, and soon the Ark, are invaluable teaching tools for us to use against religion. He has given us places where we can now go see the evidence that refutes many theistic claims, and also serves as wonderful visuals for children, who are naturally curious, to question the validity of many of the biblical stories they are taught to be true.
I for one am thrilled someone like Ham is able to do what Atheists have been unable to. He is doing us a huge favor by building these sites where religion is, unbeknownst to Ham, put on trial and exposed for the irrational and fictional stories they truly are. He is inadvertently giving Atheists more proof against religion, and exposing millions of people to the absurdity of it all each year. That, my friends, is priceless.
I suspect many Atheists are upset that Ham profits from these projects, but in the end he is entitled to. After-all, he came up with these ideas first, and if Atheists are mad about that, well all I can say is that maybe Atheists should get their shit together and stop insisting that we cannot be herded like cats. Maybe, just maybe, we need to come together and decide what's more important - our own petty gripes, differences and complaints, or the fight against religion. I prefer the latter.