Kentucky’s Ark Encounter

Published December 7th, 2010 by Bobby Henderson


The New York Times reports:

the state of Kentucky The state has promised generous tax incentives to a group of entrepreneurs who plan to construct a full-size replica of Noah’s ark, load it with animals and actors, and make it the centerpiece of a Bible-based tourist attraction called Ark Encounter.

Since Gov. Steven L. Beshear announced the plan on Wednesday, some constitutional experts have raised alarms over whether government backing for an enterprise that promotes religion violates the First Amendment’s requirement of separation of church and state. But Mr. Beshear, a Democrat, said the arrangement posed no constitutional problem, and brushed off questions about his stand on creationism.

“The people of Kentucky didn’t elect me governor to debate religion,” he said at a news conference. “They elected me governor to create jobs.”

Gov Beshear, you can expect the Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster theme park submission soon.  

124 Responses to “Kentucky’s Ark Encounter”

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  1. Brad says:

    This is why I hate living in Kentucky…..seriously? Legalize hemp and create jobs that way…

  2. TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

    Here’s ANOTHER (number 3,492 for those of you keeping track) question about the Great Flood. Do you think Noah was the only one with a &*%$ing boat? Hell, a fishing boat would have all you needed to survive for 40 days – or was it 150?

    • Nate says:

      I think it was 40 days. And nights.

      • Keith says:

        Like so many other things in the buy-bull it is difficult to know what is going on. In Genesis 7:17 it says 40 days. In 8:3 after 150 days “the waters were abated”. That can mean they lessened or receded. In the tenth month the waters had receded so far as to show mountain tops. 8:6 to 16 SEEMS to indicate that even though the ark had come to rest on the mountains of Ararat (note: arkeologists, it is plural) and the tops of the mountains were visible, ie. the ark was grounded and other land could be seen, Captain Courageous waited (54?) days before he stepped outside.

  3. TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

    The other day, someone was trying to defend the idea of the Great Flood to me and stated that fossilized sea creatures like clams have been found on mountains. I cited plate tectonics, but later I got to thinking. Let’s say you’re a clam, and vast oceans appear out of nowhere. Your first thought? “This is my big chance to go mountain climbing!”

    • Keith says:

      That rather belies the “differential mobility” claims of some creationists that as the flood rose higher the larger and more mobile animals (such as man) were able to escape to higher areas before being engulfed. As BC observed: “Clams got legs?” They are so prolific at changing their excuses to confuse the issue that they should be called “creativists”.

      • Canon Chris says:

        Fundamentalism X Disney Land = Ark Encounter. I suggest the devoted clams flew to the mountain tops, to create jobs in USA 4,000 years latter.

        • Keith says:

          Both mobility and forethought! Those clams should be running this world by now.

        • Pete Byrdie says:

          They’re on their way to running the world. But now they call themselves Scientologists.

        • Canon Chris says:

          I think that’s an insult to the intelligence of clams.

      • theFewtheProudtheMarinara says:

        And this exemplifies why Creationism is NOT science. Instead of observing and keeping an open mind as to conclusions, they have their conclusions all written down for them from 2,000 years ago, and they scramble for lame explanations. The Great Flood is one of their chief weapons. How did the Grand Canyon form in under 10,000 years? The Great Flood! Why there and not everywhere? Shut up you heathen!

        • Canon Chris says:

          There is also Emotional Reasoning, where someone searches only for external evidence to support internal feelings.
          I assume that in Biblical times water ran downhill; thus, I can’t understand how fundamentalists can suggest that immobile creatures went uphill against the downward torrent.
          If the proposed water fell from the asteroid belt, we may assume that stars and the moon were not visible beforehand. Do they have an explanation for where all the water went? Down a plug-hole perhaps? Verbal history of a great flood is more likely an immense tsunami.

        • Keith says:

          There are lots of goofy excuses that creatards use to “explain” where the waters come from. Genesis 8:2 mentions the “fountains of the deep” and “the windows of heaven”. Even without ice asteroids or the absurd “water canopy” they will claim that it came from out of the ground under great pressure.

        • Captain Birdseye says:

          I’m curious about Noah’s bodily ark for hosting parasites such as tape worms, malaria, smallpox, influenza, STDs etc. etc. The millions of creatures that cannot survive without a living human host. He must have been a very, very sick man, infected with all known diseases. I wonder why his god did that to him?

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