Creationist Ken Ham announced on Feb. 3 that he would keep his giant Ark Encounter attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky, lit up with different colors as part of his effort to take the rainbow back from LGBT people on behalf of God.
Ham explained his strategy in a Feb. 3 blog on his Answers In Genesis website:
During the Christmas season, we lit up the full-size Ark at our themed attraction, Ark Encounter, in rainbow lights for a beautiful display. Well, we’ve decided to enhance the rainbow lights and make them a permanent feature during evenings at the Ark, located south of Cincinnati. We will be working over the coming months to ensure this change is permanent. It’s all part of "taking the rainbow back."
Ham then recalled a December 2016 blog he wrote, in which he went into more depth about the rainbow:
In recent times the rainbow (albeit with some different colors) has come to represent something far different. To many people it means freedom, love, pride, a new era, and, specifically, the LGBTQ movement...
...But the rainbow itself wasn’t designed to be a symbol of freedom, love, pride, or the LGBTQ movement. God created this beautiful, colorful phenomenon and designated it as a sign of His covenant with Noah and his descendants forever.
Sadly, people ignore what God intended the rainbow to represent and proudly wave rainbow-colored flags in defiance of God’s command and design for marriage. Because of this, many Christians shy away from using the rainbow colors.
But the rainbow was a symbol of God’s promises before the LGBTQ movement—and will continue to be after that movement has ended. As Christians, we need to take the rainbow back and teach our young people its true meaning.
Ham insisted in his latest blog that he is "trying to help Christians and unbelievers recognize the true meaning of the rainbow as it’s given to us in the Bible (Genesis 9)."
Ham also pushed back against those on social media who have purportedly told him that "the rainbow doesn’t belong to anyone."
Ham insisted that the rainbow was "God’s symbol of judgment and salvation," and predicted that the "glory of the LGBT movement will soon fade."