On Building a New Ark

Answers in Genesis (AIG) is a Christian-based organization with a vision to serve as a catalyst to bring reformation by reclaiming the foundations of our faith which are found in the Bible, thus  proclaiming the absolute truth and authority of the Bible with boldness.

In May 2008, their $27 million Creation Museum opened in northern Kentucky across from Cincinnati to promote their understanding of creation and a young earth (less than 10,000 years old). A few months ago, AIG announced plans to build (near the museum) Ark Encounter, a $170+ million, 800-acre theme park based on the story of Noah.

In November, the Kentucky Department of Tourism tentatively approved $43 million dollars in tax incentives pending further analysis. Shortly thereafter, Governor Steve Broshear (D) announced his support for the incentives in the name of jobs for Kentuckians.

AIG does not hide its intent to intent to evangelize its message. In the spirit of getting money from wages and various consumer expenditures, the state of Kentucky is willing to put public money into an organization who promotes a defined religious dogma.

The Lexington Herald-Leader supported the state’s incentives by stating the following:

If a church or a religious organization sought the same incentives for the same purpose, there would be clear reason to object on constitutional grounds. Ark Encounters is a private company seeking to make a profit off of a biblical theme. (3 Dec 2010)

I do not live in Kentucky, so I won’t complain. Nor will I attend Ark Encounter or the Creation Museum simply because they are against my theology and my science. However, I can ask questions.

  • Would the citizens of Kentucky and its state government officials financially support other Christian groups to develop their ventures?
  • Would the citizens of Kentucky and its state government officials financially support a non-Christian religious organization wanting to build a tourist attraction?

19 thoughts on “On Building a New Ark

  1. I can answer your 2nd question easily – look at the Muslim Cultural Center in southern Manhattan. Contrary to popular belief, it is not next to Ground Zero, it won’t be a Jihadist training center, and unless there are plans different from what I’ve seen, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell WHAT it is from the sidewalk outside. The Kentucky state government MIGHT approve something about Eastern religions (China, Japan, India, SE Asia), but I doubt money would be forthcoming. As to other Christian groups, it would probably depend on which one and how radical (probably not Jehovah’s Witnesses or Zoroastrianism, being seen as too “fringe”), but I’d have to know more about the demographics of the area.
    This is a clever idea for making money, though. A museum is kind of a “dry” place (upcoming pun intended), rather boring for kids (as any museum usually is). A theme park based on Noah and the Ark opens up one unique possibility – a log flume ride. After all, what other part of the Bible could give rise to a fun-for-the-kids park ride? (No fair using Universal Studio’s “part the Red Sea” tram ride. Do they still do that? Man, I am OLD!)

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    • John.
      Because of your insight, I just edited the 2nd question b/c my aim is Kentucky. Melissa caught want I was saying.

      Much of Kentucky is rural, and with similarities with your area … thus how would your area react to a museum about Eastern religions? (No need to answer that).

      Thanks for your sharing your thoughtful insights.

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    • No fair, you use a different avatar (or whatever) for the web-page tab than you use on your Gravatar! And I don’t want to cut back on the meds – my backyard goat buddy isn’t as interesting a conversationalist if I do! :p Though it easier to wade my way through the piles of cats on the floor. (Seriously – our cats sleep ON TOP of each other, and on top of the dog. Cats need to come with an instruction manual – dogs are so plug and play!)

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      • John.
        Regarding the gravatar. OK … you can stay on your meds b/c I may be able to explain your vision. Early in my blogging days I used a different Gravatar, so it may still pop up occasionally. It was a portion of my header (at the time). Click the Past Headers tab on my site, scroll down (I believe the next to the last one) and it may explain that you won’t be talking to the goat.

        We’re cat people … although we enjoy dogs … but no longer have cats b/c of my wife’s allergies. None the less, I enjoy your descriptions!

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        • Trust me, until a meteor from some exotic planet explodes over this town and magically increases everybody’s IQ by about, oh say, 60-80 points, I’ll stick with the goat. (He DOES have a name, you know! Black Jack, as in General Pershing from WW1. 🙂 ) He’s the 2nd best conversationalist in town, after the military-wife-turned-innercity-Detroit-social-worker-turned-Methodist-Pastor. (What a set of credentials – throw in lion tamer, and she’s got a royal flush! Then again, she DID work in Detroit……) Great people in town, but as I’ve said, the only 2 topics of conversation are OSU’s standing in the poles and Ford’s latest revisions to the F-150. Being a Chicagoan and a Chevy fan respectively, you can see where the problems set in. 😉

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        • John,
          Therefore, you also understand much of Kentucky, thus my point to you.

          Meanwhile, the Methodist pastor sounds interesting … and one that probably has interesting experiences. Maybe you can better relate to the locals by buying a Ford!

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        • You realise that world wars have been started by far less than suggesting a Chevy man buy a Fuh… a Foe … God, I can’t even bring myself to utter that 4-letter word! I would demand satisfaction, sir, if you had not previously proved yourself a gentleman! I will, therefore, in the interest of online relations, pretend I did NOT see you suggest I buy a …… one of THOSE! :p
          Beside, the only one of THOSE cars I would ever tolerate would be a Pinto. My wife had a 1978 model (came with her from Texas), and it’s only redeeming feature was a bright orange sticker in the rear window which read “WARNING: THIS CAR EXPLODES ON IMPACT!” It was great fun to dawdle on the expressways around Chicago, have some schmuck roar up on our rear in a muscle car, then lean over the steering wheel squinting to read the sticker, then suddenly fade WAY back WAY quick! And yes, the minister has some GREAT stories. And she comes dangerously close sometimes to acting unlike a “person of the cloth”, which endears her to me all the more. She’s in danger of becoming my mother substitute, having lost my mom 1.5 years ago. Unfortunately, she’s in Guatemala right now. And when she gets back, she has to go to Michigan to get her loose screws tightened. (I kid thee not – her left foot contains more metal than my 1987 Cavalier has left, and she gets the screws tightened as needed. I keep offering to do it for her, having a full set of tools, but for some reason, she prefers a doctor, sterile instruments, and anesthesia. No pleasing some folk….)

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        • John,
          Of course I was kidding about buying a Ford – after all, I’ve been in a GM card since my first (65 Chev Malibu). Hmmm – I currently own a 2008 Malibu, progress? My wife grandfather and father were GM lifers. Of course she broke tradition by purchasing a ’03 Honda, which she still has.

          Here’s a tribute for you.

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        • As the line goes from “Smokey and The Bandit”, “You got peanut butter or somethin’ in yore ears, boy?”. You tell me you’re kidding, then you post a video about Fu… Forr… THAT car company? Do I gots ta come over there and SMACK you?:P
          Now if you’d found a piece like that on a Vega, THEN we could talk! Ah, my beloved Vega. It spent 16 years with my family, and my dad actually used it as a trade-in on his 89 Celebrity wagon. 2-speed automatic, 0-60mph in about 3 days, steering that was merely a suggestion to the front wheels, would go airborne at 75 (I’m dead serious on that point – I was almost DEAD on that point), and every year it got better gas mileage. Why? ‘Cause about 15-20 pounds of sheet metal were converted, via rust, into Bondo and fibreglass. Near the end, if I could’ve sealed the wheel wells, it would’ve floated. Hot in summer (2/40 AC), cold in winter, and an utter pile of crap. And I came within millimetres of punching my father in the face when he told me he had traded it in! God, I LOVED, LOVED that car! (First car syndrome.) And the real beauty? It was self-repairing. I swear to God, if it started acting up, all you had to do was stand in front of it, and clearly say, “Junkyard .. Toyota.” Voila! Instant repair!
          And seriously, if anybody ever starts in on the Pinto bomb, tell ’em Vegas were EXACTLY the same – rear bumper, muffler, gas tank. It was pure chance that the Pinto got the rep, instead of the Vega!
          And one final thing. NO MORE “Found On Road Dead” STUFF! ZIP! ZILCH! NADA! (Gee, did I make myself clear? I can be SO vague sometimes!)

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        • Hey John,
          The FFFFF … Pinto video was in reference to your wife’s car. Of course, consider the video showing an explosion. I’m make it up for you with this video.

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        • Yeah, I knew the first video was in honour of Puddles. Aptly named – the car always dropped SOMETHING wherever it parked. True story – I took the whole top of the engine apart, all the way to valves and pistons. I cleaned up everything, de-rusted everything, put the whole thing back together, and found 2 heavy steel mounting brackets I forgot to put back on. I really had NO idea where they went. And the car WORKED! Amazed the bejeebers outta me. And it ran fine, nice and smooth, better than when I took it apart, and did so for several more years. Weird!
          And thanks for the Vega video. I won’t be a wienie and point out that it’s for a 1974 hatchback, and mine was a 1973 notchback 2-door sedan. (Oops, just did! Sorry!) I adored that car, had a lot of adventures in it, and even got airborne in a semi’s slipstream! (Look at a side plan of a Vega – it’s a Bernoulli airfoil, a perfect wing.) I cried when I got into a mutual-fault accident and tore up the right front in 1986. Solution? We blocked the wheels, wrapped a chain around a tree, and used a cable puller to stretch the sheet metal back out. Some hammering, some fibreglass, some Bondo, and she was (almost) good as new. I miss that on new cars – the Vega was built to bruise you and only slightly ding itself. Modern cars keep you spotless but fold like accordions. Jeez, I’m getting old!

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        • I just watched the Vega video again (and again, and again…). In all seriousness, thank you! I drove mine from when I got my learner’s permit until 1987, shortly after I got my Z-24. (It took a bit to get used to a car that actually turned corners when you turned the steering wheel!) You brought a smile to my face! Thanks again, my friend! 😀

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        • John,
          Hey hey … three cheers for me! 🙂 More importantly, glad you enjoyed the video. YouTube is a wonderful thing. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I would like to see Joseph Smith Land in Kentucky. Oh! And next door…the Muhummad Takes a Hajj Water Park. The Angel that appeared to Hagaar can be a the center of the park…which is the goal for customers to make their way to the Fountain of Mecca.

    Ishmael can be a park clown “with his hand set against every nation.” Ishmael the Clown can illustrate the religious metaphor by hitting people on the backs of the heads with water balloons.

    I’m so going to this park. 🙂

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