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Pastor predicts ‘genocide and incest park’ will rake in billions

Pastor predicts ‘genocide and incest park’ will rake in billions

Kevin S Aldridge, inset, pastor of St Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Milford, Ohio, was among the first visitors to Ken Ham’s ridiculous Ark Encounter in Kentucky – dubbed the ‘genocide and incest park’ by sceptics – and this is prediction he made in a piece he wrote for Cincinnati.com:

If Tuesday’s gathering of 7,000 is any indication of how the ark is going to be received, then the Answers in Genesis accountants better get ready. Ken Ham said he expects 1.4 to 2.2 million people to visit the ark annually. At $40 per adult ticket that adds up to big bucks.

And that’s not even factoring in all the hats, T-shirts, food, beverages and other swag that will be sold in the gift shops and restaurants. The ark is such an architectural marvel that it will draw people not just from across the country, but from around the world …

We can debate whether the ark will actually have the $4 billion economic impact that Ham says it will, but what’s not in question is whether it will be an economic success. My suggestion to those planning to attend: arrive early in the day.

What Aldridge failed to factor into his prediction is that Ham – furious over the fact that the Freedom from Religion Foundation has warned schools against taking parties of youngsters to his creationist theme park – has now slashed the entry fee for kids to $1.00.

Branding the FFRF as “bullies”, Ham declared:

If public school students are booked as a group through their school to come to the Ark Encounter (or Creation Museum) for educational, recreational, or historical purposes during 2016, we will allow them to do so at a cost of $1 per child with accompanying teachers free. It must be a legitimate public school group booked through their elementary, middle, or high school.

Aside from claiming that the Ark Encounter fits in with all that makes America great – “we like big cars, mansions, skyscrapers, roller coasters and super-sized meals” – Aldridge made another prediction:

The ark could be a new beginning for Christian-themed attractions. Its size and scale makes it more than a Bible museum. It is a truly immersive, visceral experience that literally puts visitors in the midst of the Noah’s Ark story in the Bible. It’s these sorts of experiences that have made theme parks like Disney and Universal Studios such big hits with guests.

People don’t just want to hear stories and history, they want it to come alive for them. They want to be a part of the story. While Ham says the ark is more than entertainment, the reality is that visitors – Christian or not – expect a little entertainment value and to be engaged.

For Christian-themed attractions that can be a delicate but necessary formula. But if the ark is successful, it could be the launching pad for a host of other immersive Christian-themed attractions. Could you imagine a life-sized Tower of Babel? Or, with today’s digital technology, how about a parting-of-the-Red-Sea experience or going inside the belly of the whale with Jonah?

Bill Nye, left, meets Ken Ham. Ham tells Nye 'I will pray for you'.

Bill Nye, left, meets Ken Ham. Ham asks Nye ‘Can I pray for you?’

Meanwhile, popular US science presenter Bill Nye, who also visited the Ark Encounter,  has condemned Ham’s Answers in Genesis for teaching young people humans were not responsible for climate change.
Nye said in a statement:

I chose to visit the Ark Encounter to see for myself the extent of its influence on young people. The influence is strong. I spoke with a lot of kids (and took a great many selfies). Almost all of them do not accept that humans are causing climate change — and that is the Answers In Genesis ministry’s fault. Through its dioramas and signage, the organization promotes ideas that are absolutely wrong scientifically, while suppressing critical thinking in our students — which is in no one’s best interest, conservative or progressive.

Nye added:

On a hopeful note, the parking lots were largely empty, and the ark building is unfinished. We can hope it will close soon.

19 responses to “Pastor predicts ‘genocide and incest park’ will rake in billions”

  1. L.Long says:

    I hope he is as successful as the story is real!

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    I’ll bet if i got a $18 million tax break from the State I could make a pretty neat museum. Of course I’d follow County, State and Federal laws regarding discrimination in hiring practice. That’s what makes me different: the Ark Encounter museum gets secular tax dollars but is allowed to use religious discrimination in hiring (such as no divorced people, no homosexuals, no disabled, etc.).

    I’m for a private business being allowed to hire, fire or serve anyone they want for any reason. But if a business accepts tax breaks or tax dollars, they should be held to a secular standard.

  3. Angela_K says:

    We can only hope this ludicrous monument to ignorance is stuck by lightning and burns to the ground.

  4. Broga says:

    I hope the Ark sinks real fast.

    Christians cannot cope with challenges to their weird beliefs.

  5. 1859 says:

    @Angela_K – you beat me to it!

    How to spin lies and make money – Build an Ark. This is nothing less than the ‘Disneyfying’ of biblical myths. Theme Park theocracy – god bless America! Let’s make ‘big bucks’ from peddling bullshit!

  6. Trevor says:

    Ham’s ark is as good as sunk already.

  7. Robster says:

    “A lifesize Tower of Babel”, what are they proposing, a vacant block? It’ll be bit like the deities, invisible.

  8. Bob says:

    The FFRF are persecuting Christians – these atheists are heading for Hell.

    I note there has been another terrorist attack in France. It should be condemned but also, one should remember, that these attacks started just after France legalised homo marriage.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Oh, fuck off Bob, you deluded imbecile!

    And regarding genocide and incest, this is a very amusing site:

    http://awkwardmomentsbible.com/

    There is a Facebook page as well.

  10. barriejohn says:

    This is an interesting site as well, but very well-known now:

    http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.co.uk/

  11. chrsbol says:

    Bob,
    Isn’t it about time you came out?

  12. CoastalMaineBird says:

    It should be condemned but

    There is NEVER anything sensible after that word “but”…

  13. Angela_K says:

    Bob, you are a typical vile Christian for equating the religiously inspired tragedy in France with equal marriage.

    There is no heaven or hell except that “hell is other people” – especially those hate filled like you.

  14. andym says:

    Might be an idea if people reread this before posting just now.
    http://freethinker.co.uk/2016/07/05/when-a-troll-comes-calling/

  15. barfly says:

    No matter what happens to hams ark it will be divine will if it makes money gods on my side if it fails for any reason it will because its not in his plan. If it burns to the ground no doubt us atheists will be to blame.
    Bob you are a cold hearted cretin

  16. Broga says:

    @Bob: These attacks and all the other terrorist attacks began after you began spouting your vile opinions. You are to blame.

  17. Robert Stovold says:

    I’m not sure that a “life-size Tower of Babel” would make sense, even form a Christian perspective. Wouldn’t God, if he were real, get annoyed and strike it down?

  18. barriejohn says:

    I knew Christians who considered space exploration to be a continuation of mankind’s quest to “reach unto heaven”, as at Babel. More to be pitied than anything.

  19. barriejohn says:

    https://youtu.be/ZrX30Ey4bWo

    Feel free to join in.