You can’t make this stuff up. Typically, I am not at a loss for words, but in this case – I don’t even know where to begin.
Recently someone mentioned to me a potential stop along my way up to Ohio – a place called the Ark Encounter. Not knowing anything about it, I decided to check it out.
It turns out the Ark Encounter is a Christian theme park designed to teach creationism (all applicants for jobs there must sign a statement of faith and disavow homosexuality, amongst other items). No gays, Jews, Muslims, Protestants or Atheists need apply.
The replica of Noah’s ark was built at a cost of $102 million by a man who believes evolution is wrong (and is leading to our moral decay), believes the universe is 6,000 years old, and defies climate change. The ark was built through donations, junk bonds and tax rebates.
I will say that this ark is built with great craftsmanship and was clearly the result of a life’s work in its detail. The thing is huge – about seven stories high and is the length of almost two football fields.
Well, I’ll give you this – it is different. If you are interested in creationism, this might be a worthwhile stop. Otherwise, save your $50 (roughly $40 entrance and $10 parking) and do something worthwhile.