John M. Becker

Noah's Ark Theme Park Can't Stay Afloat

Filed By John M. Becker | January 07, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Answers in Genesis, biblical literalism, creationism, creationist museum, evangelical Christian, fundamentalists, Noah's Ark, revisionist history, wingnuts

ark-encounter-kentucky.jpgAnswers in Genesis, the evangelical Christian apologetics organization that peddles "young-earth creationist" junk science, is trying to build a theme park called the "Ark Encounter" in northern Kentucky. The park will feature what the group claims is a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark.

But there's one big problem -- they're having trouble raising enough money to pay for it. Louisville's Courier-Journal reports:

A Northern Kentucky theme park to be built around a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark may sink unless investors purchase about $29 million in unrated municipal bonds by Feb. 6.

In December, the city of Williamstown issued taxable debt for affiliates of the Christian nonprofit Answers in Genesis, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Even though $26.5 million of securities have been sold, the project needs to sell at least $55 million in total to avoid triggering a redemption of all the bonds, Ken Ham, the nonprofit's president, said in an email to supporters Thursday. Without the proceeds, construction funding will fall short, he said.

"We still need those Ark supporters who weren't able to purchase the Ark bonds at closing to prayerfully consider participating in a secondary bond delivery at the level they had indicated to us," Ham said. "Will you please step out in faith with us?"

Go figure: even generous taxpayer subsidies aren't enough to keep this sinking ship afloat. I guess enthusiasm just can't be bought.

Incidentally, Answers in Genesis is also the group behind the Creation Museum, a northern Kentucky tourist attraction that presents presents the "young-Earth creationism" myth as fact. I visited this museum in 2010; if you missed my photographic tour, click here. And yes, the famous saddle-wearing triceratops is pictured.

h/t: Joe Jervis

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