Farking ark: Trying to float it on faith doesn’t bode well for investors

In an update to this story about the sinking Ark Park, we have more on the means to fund this Creationist boondoggle.

City seeks to jump-start stalled Ark Encounter park with $62 million ‘junk’ bond offering | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com.

A planned amusement park in Grant County featuring a life-size Noah’s Ark is two years and millions of dollars behind schedule, but now it’s getting more civic help: a $62 million bond issue being offered by the city of Williamstown.

The city, which has already granted the project a 75 percent break in property taxes over 30 years, won’t have to repay the bonds, according to the bond-offering documents. That’s good, experts say, because the bonds are not rated, which makes them speculative, or “junk” bonds, said Gene Gard of Dupree Mutual Funds in Lexington.

The taxable bonds are backed by future revenues from the project, which organizers believe will attract more than 1 million visitors in the first year.

It was likened to “…a loan to a family member and not be as concerned about being paid back.” The success of bonds is contingent upon earnings of the facility upon completion.

Honestly!? With the Creation Museum’s numbers going downhill, WHY would any thinking person assume this will be an economic success? (Oh, wait…) In addition, the project may face a lawsuit because of the state subsides that violate the separation of church and state. This is UNDOUBTEDLY a religious-themed venture based on a Christian Bible myth. Finally, it makes Kentucky look like they are driving their pickup trucks right into stereotype land:

Dan Phelps, president of the Kentucky Paleontological Society, said he first became interested in the Ark Encounter project because he was concerned about the science that would be presented.

“The government has supposedly been trying to improve Kentucky’s image and education level, but at the same time they’re supporting a project that says all of modern science is a big lie,” he said. “They claim that Noah led dinosaurs on the Ark, but that’s just nonsense, there’s no other way to describe it.”

In a radio ad posted on YouTube titled “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” Ken Ham disputes the fossil record of dinosaurs.

I predict this ship will sink and take all the every optimistic faith-based investors with it. Better yet, it never floats at all.
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  14 comments for “Farking ark: Trying to float it on faith doesn’t bode well for investors

  1. Chris Howard
    November 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Never floats at all!?!

    I hope not.

    I think someone should buy it, dock it in front of Louisville, Jeffersonville, Clarksville, or New Albany (Indiucky) and turn it into a restaurant, bar, and music venue.

  2. Peter Robinson
    November 30, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Surely they jut have to pray for success? Then the big banker in the sky will provide a miracle and the money will materialise. Won’t it? Junk bond for a junk idea. Seems appropriate.

    On a serious note, Interested to see who will mount the necessary legal challenge.

  3. timatter@yahoo.com
    November 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I would like to point out to Christians that Arks built on land with concrete footers demonstrate a serious lack of faith. An average size warehouse doesn’t prove anything. Buld a 450 foot wooden ship and have it float for a year of average weather in the open ocean manned by only 8 people I would be impressed. And no cheating by using modern materials like rubber sheeting, steel, hydraulic pumps, and electricity.

    • Chris Howard
      December 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      I would love to see a show that regularly puts stuff like this to the test.

      Building an ark using only the techniques, knowledge, and materials, available at the time would be awesome!

      It seems like biblical literalists would jump at the chance?

      • Lagaya1
        December 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        That’s where the “special pleading” would come in. They had God’s help, so nothing was impossible, etc.

      • eddi
        December 3, 2013 at 3:08 AM

        “They called me madman at the University. Hah madman indeed. Compared to some I’m downright boring. And very envious of them too.”
        http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/13/3342979/four-men-build-noahs-ark-replica.html
        http://www.today.com/id/43492787

        Admittedly they are using modern tools and no gopher wood can be found. But their hearts are in the right place. As to where they left their brains…

  4. Harold Renshaw
    November 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I think Noah had the backing of some rich politicians. That should work in this situation, too.

  5. Lagaya1
    November 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    I wonder if Creationists claim there were fewer species of animals back then. Can they seriously believe that all present-day animals were represented on the Ark? (I suppose fish didn’t have to be included, but with a worldwide flood, how do you keep fresh water and salt water from mixing, so that both types of fish can survive?) Maybe a Noah’s Ark museum is just what people need to see the ridiculousness of the fable. I always thought the Noah tale was the best argument against the literal truth of the bible.

    • Blargh
      December 1, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      Lagaya1:
      I don’t know if the Ham subscribes to it, but a common creationist handwave is to say that the ark didn’t have one of every species, it had one of every kind – e.g. “dog-like animals”, “cat-like animals”, “beetles”, “birds”, etc (usually grouped by what looks similar and not any real taxonomy). That way, it could fit all the different kinds of animals in there.

      Post-flood, these “kinds” then differentiated into the species we see today.

      Sounds a lot like an acceptance of evolution, doesn’t it? Nope! You see, the vital difference is that they can only differentiate within their specified kind *frantic handwaving*…

      • Lagaya1
        December 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Oh, I see, the old “kinds” gambit. Forgive the pun, but it sounds awfully weaselly!
        y.

    • Halidom
      March 1, 2014 at 5:38 AM

      You don’t think the Adam & Eve thing is a good place to start for doubt? 2 sons and one kills the other then wanders off to find a wife and start a whole group called Canaanites. Where did all those other people come from? Literal truth is a very rare commodity in that book.

  6. Chris Howard
    December 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Three words: “The Americas & Australia.”

    Suck eggs, creationists! ;-)

  7. ZombyWoof
    December 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I thought the arc was supposed to carry the dinosaurs too. Where did they dit?

  8. Harold Renshaw
    December 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Mosquitoes carried their dna and dna is the same as the real thing. This was thoroughly explained in the documentary, Jurassic Park. It was based on the book of Genesis, too.

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