Kentucky's New $100 Million Noah's Ark Attraction

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  1. Joe Riley

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    The controversial new Noah's Ark attraction at a religious theme park in Kentucky hopes to attract 2 million visitors in its first year.
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    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky., July 8 (UPI) -- A $100 million model of Noah's Ark has opened as a tourist attraction in Williamstown, Ky.
     
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    Hmmmm, at first glance I was excited because my 7 rear old grandson is the all time expert and lover of Noah's Ark.
    He has probably every set that exists and I've drawn at least 1 huge ark with animals every time I visit. I'm talking those huge pads of paper and not regular size.
    Kentucky isn't that far from Illinois and it would be doable for them but then I saw that it's stuffed animals...not so exciting.
    Plus I don't like the idea of the dinosaurs being on the ark. Anyway, that's a lot of taxpayer money that might have served a better purpose.

    I don't know what the admission price is and what things cost but just looking at it in the pic it looks kind of drab and not too exciting.
    Don't know if they'll do well enough. As for the separation of church and state issues and hiring only Christians etc.
    On principle I don't care for it but in reality I don't really care at all.

    It's not in my back yard so not an issue for me one way or another.
     
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    Great thread, @Joe Riley ! I had read about this being built before, but had not been actively following it, and didn't know that it was now open for the public to come and tour the ark replica.
    As a believer in the Biblical Earth, and in young earth creation, I think that this is a great type of theme park, and since any other kind of similar venture would have also received the same kind of tax-credits as this one does, I see no reason why it should be denied the credits simply because it is a faith-based theme park.
    If it was something like the Six Flags theme parks, or another Disneyland, and the state made sure that the roads and any similar needs were adequate, and the corporation got a tax credit for choosing that state to put the theme park in, then any kind of theme park should receive the same kind of tax breaks.
    This has nothing do to with the separation of church and state, that would only happen if the state made some kind of a religious theme park and the state owned and ran it.
    This is simply another private enterprise in that state.
     
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    Can the speedway and that other enterprise refuse to hire certain religions if Noahs Ark will only hire Christians?

    Also, I bet they'll take your money even if you're an atheist. :)
     
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    I saw a brief news clip of the ark a day or two ago. I think it is great. However, some historians believe the ark would have been round as most of the boats of the day were.
     
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    Sometimes cities or states will offer tax support for a project or business as an investment, because they believe that it will bring more tax revenue than it costs to help get it off the ground. While I don't believe that government agencies, at any level, should discriminate against gays or atheists, I don't consider an investment of tax money to be the same thing at all. Tax money goes to support agencies that discriminate against people of faith, so I don't see that this should be a problem. Is it a good investment of tax money? I don't know. If I were to find myself in the area with time on my hands, I would go to see it but I am unlikely to plan my vacations around a trip to Kentucky for that purpose, but I imagine that some people will.
     
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    I don't believe they require customers to be Christians.This is normal practice. My guess is it would draw Christians and people who have an interest. The fee mentioned was $40. I also believe they are considered a to be a church. It opened Friday, so we need to take time to learn more details. I agree that its a good thing for Kentucky.
     
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    I don't know if that Noah's Ark theme park is related to the one in Hongkong. It was part of our itinerary during our recent trip in Hongkong (end of June). My husband had charted the trip including the prices of the entrance ticket and the shuttle from the city. We also had printed a map on the location of the theme park and the mall where to buy tickets. Based on the primer, it is owned by a religious group although there was nothing said about the visitors (in regards to their religion). However, I changed my mind because the theme park would eat 1 day and we only had 3 days to spend there. Maybe when we go back to Hongkong, we can go to that theme park.

    But I wonder why the controversy for that theme park in the US.
     
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    The account of Noah's Ark, can be tolerated by the world as long as it remains a children's story. I believe it to be a true account of how Noah, an obedient servant of the Living God, built a Life-boat for the world, and then God filled it. The Bible tells us that it was God who closed the door.;) In the time of Noah, it had never rained, instead God watered the earth by heavy dew that came up from the ground. The rain and flood had to be a terrifying thing, for those left behind.
     
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    Well, my grandson never put all his dinosaurs on all the arks we've built. There was never room and he didn't believe they belonged there.

    Those boys are pretty smart and even at a very young age could rattle off every single dinosaur and identify it and pronounce the name right...it amazed me. Even could tell me if it was a meat eater or not.

    I guess you don't have to believe the new earth theory to visit the park but I think kids would have enjoyed it more with real animals but that would be cruel.

    I can see going once to see the size of the ark but I think small kids would enjoy a 6 flags type theme park more.
     
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    Not to change the Topic, but Christian Book Stores will only hire Christians. If I owned a store like that, I'd only hire professed Christians. I'd tell people, "yell the word discrimination all you want, it's MY store!".
     
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    I think the Noah's Ark Attraction would be a grand place to take our grandchildren some day! I think it would appeal more to Christian families. We need more places like this. Kentucky is blessed to have it!
     
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    It would appeal to some non Christian families too. Young children like Noahs Ark wether they know the bible story or not.

    There are many Noah's Ark toys for sale. I think somehow that one transcends the Bible. I haven't seen many other Bible story toys in regular toy stores. Think it's all the animals.

    Let me know if you think of another one, I'm racking my brain but can't think of another one.
     
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    Well, Chrissy, there are stores and companies in the U.S. that, due to the demographics of the area, can't hire all races. Depending on the size of some companies, and the experience needed to work for them, not all races will apply. Then there are those stores/companies that some races won't apply to anyway. Not all areas of the U.S. have high amounts of AA, Latino/Hispanic, Indian or Asian).

    None of the above is discrimination. Actually, I think that word "discrimination" is used too much.
     
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    Sorry, I'll delete my posts but your title did say sparks controversy.
     
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    Well, it was stated that only Christians were being hired at this Attraction and even some complaints stated that on the news.

    Chrissy stated that hiring Christians only was discrimination and against the law. I was just trying to explain not hiring someone isn't against the law. Yes, there is such a law, but how often enforced???

    If this Attraction only wants to hire Christians, that's up to them. It would seem "common sense" though!
     
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    I'm not sure what I'm allowed to post here now, Joe. Your title is deceiving.
     
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    Chrissy, this Attraction appears to be a nice one, but some news network stated that some folks are complaining about it as well. One of the complaints concerns the hiring of Christian's "only" to work/give tours. The way I see it, someone is going to complain about something, when the subject is about religion. However, I see nothing wrong with hiring "professed" Christian only, since it is basically a Christian Attraction. The place sure wouldn't hire an Athiest, Buddust or someone like that.

    It's just like the Christian Attraction in Orlando, Florida. Christians run it....the way it should be.
     
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    I guess, I thought my grandsons would enjoy it and they still might but the dinosaurs don't sit well with my beliefs.

    Like I said the 7 year old always makes Arks and we don't use the dinosaurs. He sets up his dinosaurs in different

    Type settings. Well, not all people and religions believe the same thing so you either go or don't or say its a bible STORY park.

    It's really not my problem anyway, that's the last thing I would spend money on to take a trip by myself to Kentucky.

    It's too far from CA. If I was visiting in Illinois and they went, then I'd go.
    Don't know how far it is for them. I know they can drive to Kentucky in a few hours but depends where.

    Edit: looked it up and it's a 5 hr drive from my son's....doable but probably only if there were other attractions around also. Too long a drive with 3 small boys for just one thing.
     
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    Noah (Movie starring Russell Crowe)
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    How much do you know about Noah, the Flood, the animals, the ark? (video)

    "You may picture a cute bathtub toy boat with giraffes sticking their necks out the top. Or you may think of Russell Crowe watching the coming of rain in the movie Noah. Is the ark still on Mount Ararat in Turkey? Few stories in the Bible are as filled with as much mystery, and intrigue".
     
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    I saw the movie when I was visiting my son in Illinois, watched it with the grandsons. It was a little freaky.
     
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    Not all Christians believe in the young-earth theory either.
     
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    In the review of the movie, Noah, it talks about the filmmakers using creative license to fill in the gaps not mentioned in the Bible.I found it interesting how they define the evil upon evil of the people as being of an environmental disaster kind of evil. I always thought of it as the "Sodom & Gomorrah" type. A little political correctness creeping in?
     
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    Maybe but it sure was different that's for sure. I thought it was a good movie though.
     
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    Yeah, the movie wasn't biblical but it was entertaining.
     
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