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 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
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
Financial donations began pouring in after the little school
received attention -- much of it harsh and hateful -- for its
Comments directed at the school were "vicious" and "vile," Ham
Students and parents had been told the school would close in May
because its founders were unable to make up the loss in operating
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."