I’m glad you enjoyed the film. I wish they had invoked more Christian opposition to the Ark Park, but unfortunately there really isn’t any opposition in the Kentucky area. The one Baptist pastor who joined in the AU lawsuit was just about the only person who actually was willing to speak out.
Ken Ham has orchestrated an extremely successful propaganda campaign painting himself as a defender of truth and Biblical authority. Even though many pastors and other Christian leaders in the region are alarmed (or at least bothered) by his rhetoric, he still enjoys widespread support because of his anti-secular and anti-atheist reputation. Those who would oppose him are cowed by the sprinkling of hard-line extremists in the churches who fully support his mission. I would estimate that at least a fifth of churchgoers in central Kentucky are aware of and enthuastic about Ken Ham’s message, and half of the rest see YEC as generally positive (or, at the very least, non-harmful).
As Dan explains in the film, even local scientists are afraid to challenge Ham because of the blowback from conservatives.
The financial angle is ridiculous. There are huge financial irregularities across the board and I wish the ACLU would get involved. They have received an ungodly amount of taxpayer assistance and they consistently continue to hijack tax exemption to maximize their own profits.
The story of Williamstown is quite sad. Despite promises that tourists would be bussed in and out of the town, the folks at AiG have been very shrewd about collecting profits inside their own coffers. They sell joint two-day tickets for the Museum and the Ark at a discount and encourage guests to stay in Cincinnati, come to the Creation Museum the first day, and then drive down to Williamstown the second day before departing. They have restaurants and attractions (zip-lining, petting zoo, etc.) inside the Ark Encounter grounds, so there is no incentive to explore anything else.
Additionally, because guests must park near the road (at $10 per vehicle) and then queue for bus transport to the grounds, they are cut off from their wheels for the duration and cannot leave to make the 5-minute drive into Williamstown without taking a bus back. There’s no easy way to visit the Ark Encounter and then leave and then come back.
AiG has also taken active measures to contain revenue. There was one small diner located between the town and the Ark, so they bought its lease and forced it to move into the park so they would make money off of it. They are also buying up land to build hotels on the property.