Little Film Watch: The Ark Encounter, the Science and Creationist Movie
The Ark Discovery, a Creationist movie about the Ark Encounter that opened this year in Kentucky, has been pulled from movie theaters across the country after the church’s founder, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, announced they would not be able to continue filming it due to the controversial nature of the film.
The Duggar Family is the namesake of the conservative Christian church founded by Josh Duggar and his wife, Anna, in 2009.
Jim Bob Duggar told Fox News’ Todd Starnes that he decided to pull the film from theaters because of the “inflammatory and divisive nature” of the movie.
“The film was intended to provide an opportunity for people to see the Ark Discovery and the story behind its construction,” Jim Bob said in a statement.
“We regret that it has become an issue in the community.”
The film, which was released on the eve of a March 26 anniversary celebration of the Ark, features the Duggar family and others who helped build the $2.5 billion Ark Encounter.
The church has come under intense scrutiny in recent years after it became a target for a civil rights investigation, and it faced numerous legal challenges after a federal judge ruled that it was illegal for its tax exempt status to be revoked in 2015.
The Duggars’ daughter, Josh Dugger, and a cousin were charged with running a child pornography ring out of the church and are awaiting trial.
“This film is a false flag operation designed to smear the reputation of the Christian church,” Duggar said in an interview with The Associated Press in April.
The film was also pulled from a Utah theater, which did not respond to requests for comment.
Duggar also said that he was not allowed to discuss the film with journalists.
“I don’t want to offend anybody.
I want to do my job,” he told the AP.
The announcement comes after a series of controversies that led to the suspension of the family’s tax-exempt status in 2015, which resulted in the release of a report in January 2016 that found the church was violating federal tax law.
The report by the watchdog group Citizens United for Religious Liberty accused the Duggards of using a false “false flag” operation to raise money for a political campaign, and said they had engaged in “unlawful campaign activities” by spending money to purchase ads that falsely implied that the government was investigating their religion.
In April, the Diggars and the church issued a joint statement saying they had “been blessed” by the IRS and “are grateful for the extraordinary work that they have done over the past many years in making sure we are properly protected and that we are able to worship in the United States of America.”