Ark does attract business
Based on Tom Eblen’s column on the ark park, “What’s next for the Noah’s Ark park? Some ideas of Biblical proportions,” I can only conclude that the Herald-Leader’s position is “We wish the ark weren’t here.”
I worked in one of the state offices that audited the ark park’s Tourism Development credit application. My office didn’t find the estimates of Ken Ham’s consultant credible, neither did we accept the initial estimates of the state’s independent consultant; we pushed back on both as too optimistic.
Nevertheless, there was no question that the ark met the criteria under the law as a tourist destination under KRS 148.855.
I haven’t visited the park, but I recently met a family from North Carolina who spent the night in Georgetown after visiting it. A family from Tennessee stayed in a Dry Ridge hotel on a similar excursion. I was amused to inform both that your newspaper said either they didn’t exist or had spent the night in the wrong town.
For the sake of the local economy and state budget, I’m thankful these people are here and found the cities that offer these amenities. It saddens me that the impression these tourists will get from reading Eblen’s piece is “We wish you weren’t here, either.”
Add silly rides to ark
I was amused by Tom Eblen’s column about expanding Ark Encounter exhibits. However, before the Answers in Genesis (AiG) gets too far away from their ark theme, they may want to consider adding related rides.
The ark came to rest (Genesis, chapter 8) on the mountains of Ararat, creating the possibility for numerous adult and children rides. Aerial photography, flying and taking pictures from the sky hopefully won’t offend AiG sensibilities because of the application of science; nevertheless, aerial photography has located an ark-like object on Mt. Ararat at approximately 18,000 feet.
AiG could use that information to design numerous rides similar to roller-coasters simulating what it would be like for a hippopotamus, rhinoceros or elephant to descend the mountain from that level. The coaster ride speeds could be grouped by species; perhaps cats like lions, tigers and leopards could be the fastest coasters.
Setting the different coaster speeds would probably require coordination with a zoologist which also hopefully won’t upset AiG sensibilities. However, the cool water rides could be reserved for the buffalo crossing the Atlantic Ocean getting to the American Great Plains or polar bears getting to the Antarctic. Make silliness fun.
James F. Wisniewski
Open a liberal museum
Tom Eblen, how nice of you to have liberal tolerance and compassion on the ark. Maybe you could start your own museum of liberal utopian ideas for America, ideas that carry a lot more fantasy than conservative Christian ideas.
Maybe one exhibit could show the liberal joy of murdering almost 60 million innocent and defenseless human beings for convenience, people who you do not consider fully human, much like Nazis felt about Jews and slave owners about slaves. Another exhibit could show the liberal joy of pushing the LGBT perversion on to the young impressionable minds of children.
Maybe another exhibit could show the Woodstock-loving liberals’ hatred of biblical morality, the 60 million cases of STDs and AIDS, the 70 percent of African-American children born out of wedlock, the 30 percent of children living in fatherless homes, and so on.
How about a liberal exhibit with no fence and 10 million to 20 million unskilled illegal immigrants and millions of unskilled American workers, unemployed and living on government assistance?
Christians are not perfect, but they try hard to follow God and do the right thing. Liberals, on the other hand, try to follow the selfish desires of sinful nature.
Mocking only Christianity
Regarding Tom Eblen’s commentary of July 2nd: If you can convince people to disbelieve Genesis today it is likely they will be faced with the despair of doubting John 3:16 tomorrow.
By the way, will you be publishing flippant, derogatory mockeries of the fundamental tenets of all religions, or will you continue to target only Christianity?
Offensive, not humorous
If Tom Eblen thought he was being pertinent or funny with his column on possible future attractions at the Noah’s ark museum, he was wrong. The piece was offensive and impertinent.
Take a closer look
Does anyone really believe that Ark Encounter is not a for-profit organization? This would be a good place for some serious and revealing investigative reporting.
Susan B. Gilliam