A little background: Years ago, Ham abandoned the idea of digging up the original Ark, which would cost money. It also has been attempted so many times that Mt. Ararat, which is the most popular place to go to if you yearn to discover the remains of Ark 1.0, has been reduced from a noble Middle Eastern peak into a pile of mine tailings. He decided he would build a new Ark from scratch in Kentucky and make money instead.
This seems to be working out for him—he is said to be pocketing a half-million a year from promoting the idea that all of us, instead of all being descended from a bunch of hominids that decided to swing down from the trees a million years back and start walking across the African plains, lobbing rocks at other members of the food chain along the way, are all descended from a long-lived family of incestuous Semites who were the only people who survived a patch of really soggy weather about 5k BC.
Ken lashed out at the WP because that newspaper reported, inaccurately as it turns out, that Ken believes all the dinosaurs perished in the spin cycle of God’s divine fury, as many of the simple, deeply Christian and morbidly obese people of Kentucky do. BUT KEN HAM DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT!
Ken believes that Noah kindly offered to save the dinosaurs, too. He says that if you go on the tour of Ark 2.0, you will see giant plastic dinosaurs in big cages, which is proof, he claims, that Noah did not abandon the dinosaurs to die in the big wash-out. In Ken’s Bible, the patriarch did not say to Bessie the Brontosaurus, “Big girl, you’ve packed a on few too many cubits to wedge you in between the bonobos and the brown recluse spiders, which is where you would go alphabetically in a language that won’t exist for thousands of years yet, but which will be the only one they will speak in Kentucky. Hope you’ve been practicing the dino-paddle.”
No, the dinosaurs survived the Flood, Ken says. They later died out when they “ succumbed to the same sorts of pressures which cause extinction in animal populations today,” in Ham’s opinion. Thus, Tyrannosaurus Rexes could no longer find enough people to eat outside of Noah's family, so they starved to death.
This is sound science, but it also sounds dangerously close to natural selection, so I’m sure it’s not what Ken meant. Maybe he meant “There’s nothing like big fiberglass dinosaurs to get kids excited to bug their parents to take them to an amusement park, and I’ll rake in way more green if I pack a few dinos in with rest of the plastic zoo.”
Not that Ken Ham ever said anything like that. If he did, he could be like the Bible—people could take him literally.