Mockery turns to money for struggling Christian school

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Russ Jones, OneNewsNow.com Staff (OneNewsNow.com)

A private religious school in South Carolina set to close its doors this month is receiving financial help from donors after atheists mocked its science curriculum and the story went viral on the Internet.

"The atheists are becoming very aggressive in this culture, becoming very anti-Christian, and they really went after this school," Dr. Ken Ham says of the backlash against Blue Ridge Christian Academy.

Ham, Ken (Answers in Genesis)A fourth-grade class at Blue Ridge apparently used the "Answers in Genesis" curriculum written by Ham, founder of the Creation Museum and an apologetics teacher on Genesis and creationism.

The quiz was based on the biblical six-day account of creation in the Old Testament book of Genesis.

Blue Ridge, an accredited school, has approximately 150 students in grades K-12.

There are 11 children in the school's only fourth-grade class.

Financial donations began pouring in after the little school received attention -- much of it harsh and hateful -- for its biblical-based teaching.

Comments directed at the school were "vicious" and "vile," Ham tells OneNewsNow. 

Students and parents had been told the school would close in May because its founders were unable to make up the loss in operating expenses.

The school needed about $200,000 to stay open.  

According to Ham, the hatred spewed by atheists suggests atheists believe "they should be the ones to teach the kids and tell them what to believe."

A board member of the Christian school told USA Today that students at Blue Ridge are also taught the theory of evolution and the "Big Bang Theory," along with biblical teaching.

"They are taught what the world believes," the board member, Joy Hartsell, told the newspaper. "We believe the Bible and we teach from that context."

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