The folks at the Creation Museum are at it again - ARK ENCOUNTERS

I was looking at some links to Answers in Genesis (AiG) posted in another discussion, and I began poking around this Young Earth Creationist (YEC) resource site. At the top it has links to other related sites, and one of them caught my eye - ARK Encounter ("Help Build the Ark!"). Being the "Click-Curious" type, I clicked on the link and was taken to a site that is currently a combination of a fundraising site and a resource/xian outreach site for YEC xians.

One thing I discovered while looking around this site is that the folks at AiG are the ones who built the Creation Museum, and are sponsoring/building the ARK Encounter as well. The ARK Encounter will be about 45 minutes from the Creation Museum, both of them in Kentucky (somewhat near the Cincinnati Airport; for those who don't know, the Cinci Airport is actually in Kentucky, as Cinci is right on the Ohio/Kentucky border). Additionally, I found that:

...the control of the content, design, and operations of the Ark Encounter will be led by Crosswater Canyon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Answers in Genesis

--found on the FAQ page, under "Why is the project so big, and why is a for-profit LLC going to own the Ark Encounter?"

A few things struck me when perusing this site. First, the plans for this thing are ambitious - after the Ark itself is built (at a cost of over $25million), they are planning a massive complex with it, including:

  • Journey Through Biblical History
  • First Century Village
  • Tower of Babel
  • The Walled City
  • Noah's Animals
  • Aviary
  • Children's Area

Wow.

UPDATE: I found a video by Ken Hamm, President of AiG. In it he describes the ARK Encounter, and the new phases (among other stuff, like bragging about the Creation Museum). One of the rides will be a "ride through the five plagues". LOL.

Oh, in addition AiG is expanding the Creation Museum as well. Just what we need. It scares me that the Creation Museum has been so popular (and profitable) that they are actually expanding it - and are building this monstrosity as well! I also find it a bit depressing - I feel like we're not only having a hard time getting people to realize how irrational xianity is, we actually losing ground. It just seems that the fundie xians are so big and popular now, they are building theme parks for themselves - which are vast monuments to their stupidity.

The people of this country are getting more and more insane. We are truly going to be a theocracy - maybe in my lifetime.

How depressing.

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Tags: Attractions, Creationism, Fundamentalists, Stupidity

Comment by Denise W on April 5, 2012 at 3:59pm

I don't even know what to say to this, except that to hope that, some time in the near future, these "museums" will be on par with stuff that people point and laugh at...like wax museums in tourist traps.

Comment by Mabel on April 5, 2012 at 4:37pm

This kind of thing makes me want to cry.

Comment by Marc Poulin on April 5, 2012 at 7:43pm

I feel special for being the 666th visitor, but also significantly stupider for having watched that crap.

Comment by James Cox on April 5, 2012 at 11:56pm

Dear Folks:

To think that $25 million could have been used for buying generators for 3rd world hospitals.

There is another creationist museum in Oregon, south of Grants Pass, I think. Drive by every few years to get to the local river during the summer. Have thought to stop when I get a hankering for their special fries and drink. Still have never entered the place. Thought that they are so far out in the sticks that I might be held hostage, and programmed/deprogrammed.

Comment by Virginia Templeton on April 6, 2012 at 12:59am

As a Kentuckian, I heard about this a while ago. It pissed me off because the place I heard about it was in the want ads. As desperate as I was for a job at the time, I actually laughed at the prospect. They couldn't pay me enough to help with that.

It has also had a few featurettes on the news as well, nothing slandering or big, just that they are making it. With Kings Island so close I have my doubts it will be as popular as they think. It may be a novelty for most xians, but after a while, their revenue from this will dwindle because most Amusement parks get more money from locals who can come frequently than they do tourist (obviously not including any Disney parks in that statement).

Comment by Judith van der Roos on April 6, 2012 at 5:31am

I often feel that I am being harsh and perhaps unfair in my constant picking on america and frequently reign myself in for periods of self assessment on my stance, unfortunately I then have a dozen new examples of utter insanity  pop up which force me to sigh heavily and carry on with my now near constant mocking of america.

What disturbs me the most is that I am not alone, the world outside america is looking on at all that is going on there and thinking the same.

I hope the good, the sane and the rational thinkers will eventual prevail. I hope the mentality that creates carbuncle  like Noahs Ark will die  quick death but I am terrified (for the entire world) it will not.

Kind Regards,

Judith vd R.

Comment by jenny ofiara on April 6, 2012 at 5:50am

ahahahahahahah this is what keeps me up at night lol.. jeez if only I had a life

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on April 6, 2012 at 10:36am

and then when you have E-books the right wingers will gain control or what is published for on line content and thus control enough information to make the younger folks believe that the creation museum, and Noahs Ark, etc. historical...

Freethinkers, Atheist, Humanist will be underground "cults"...the world must be kept ignorant and distracted.

Comment by Tony Moran on April 6, 2012 at 12:30pm

I don't think we'll become a theocracy--too many people, religious and otherwise--see the fault with that system. I expect (hope) to see a rise in out atheists in the future

Comment by Gary Mueller on April 6, 2012 at 1:19pm

"When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag carrying the bible"

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