$4 Million Raised for Kentucky Ark Park

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Unfortunately, the fundraising goal for this creationist project was $24.5 million. The groundbreaking of the park has been delayed numerous times.

LEO Weekly tried to find out from the state Tourism Cabinet what was going on, and their representative claimed that they’d heard nothing from Ken Ham’s organization. But, they lied. Emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act indicate that there has been communication, and that the situation for the Ark Park is not good:

“It has been a while since we last spoke,” wrote Cassidy[, exectutive dirrector of the tourism departments office of financial incentives]. “May I ask the status of the fund raising and any proposed ground breaking?”

[The] reply the next day revealed not only problems delaying their groundbreaking, but also difficulties raising enough funds to build the giant dinosaur boat in question.

“Todd, we actually considered an official ground breaking earlier this month but too many complexities got in the way so we ended up putting it on hold until everything is worked out … Funding is progressing, a little slower due to the very slow economy.”

And there are other problems as well related to permits, property ownership, and all the other usual things that make building a giant creation museum ark difficult. This includes environmental permits. Apparently, some bats are going to take it in the neck if they build this park.

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12 thoughts on “$4 Million Raised for Kentucky Ark Park

  1. A bunch of “birds” are roosting in the way of gawd’s holey Park? Fire and brimstone (or a 12 gauge) would cure that.

  2. Good afternoon
    I posted this to Pandas Thumb a few days ago
    I’m a structural engineer and my hobby is naval history.
    Even the biggest of the 5,000-6,000-ton wooden battleships of the mid- to late 19th century and the 5,000-ton wooden motorships constructed in the United States during World War I did not exceed 340 feet in length or 60 feet in width. The longest of these ships, the Mersey-class frigates (335 feet by 60 feet) , were unsuccessful, and one, HMS Orlando, showed signs of structural failure after an 1863 voyage to the United States. The Orlando was scrapped in 1871 and the Mersey soon after. Both the Mersey-class frigates and the largest of the wooden battleships, the 121-gun Victoria class, required internal iron strapping to support the hull, as did many other ships of this kind. In short, the construction and use histories of these ships indicated that they were already pushing or had exceeded the practical limits for the size of wooden ships.” (Asia’s Undersea Archeology, Richard Gould, NOVA, PBS Television article)
    Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark (450×75 ft) will be a large wooden building on solid ground and will have to meet structural design codes for public safety. They have hired The Troyer Group has expertise in architectural, engineering, interior design, landscape http://www.troyergroup.com/pages/co%5B…%5DteInfo/news/
    So for eight Goat Herders (and 70 years) to build a boat from Gopher Wood it seems god would indeed need to work another miracle.

  3. My inner (just under the surface, really) hippie is pissed off that those bats will be displaced for this thing (assuming they even build it).

    Maybe they should move it to Pitcher Oklahoma. No humans and animals to be displaced, nearby gullible populace, and no pesky environmental regulations!

  4. I say we establish a religion, declare those bats sacred, and demand they be protected. We can have a Batbeacon, a searchlight with a batman symbol in front, at the protests and encourage everyone to wear their best bat outfits.

    Religion freedom, cute sacred animals threatened by greedy developers, and the whole Batman meme thrown in sideways makes this a sure-thing crowd pleaser.

  5. @Paul Hunter, my bet is that there is going to be no real effort to make something that is in anyway seaworthy. If anything, it will just be a glorified house they can pretend could float (when) the ‘apocalypse’ comes. The laws say they have to build it to safety codes….if they had to build it to be seaworthy, it would have to be shuttled immediately, because gawd isn’t around to work ‘his’ magic nowadays!

  6. Ha! Even with their (reportedly) magic, invisible friend on ol’ Kens side, who created the whole show in a week is unable to assist with a pokey arc park with plastic displays. Why don;t they pray? That’s sure to help..as if.

  7. These suckers are so brainwashed it makes me think they are hopeless. Well, I guess it is a good sign they are having trouble getting funding. Can you imagine pitching this idea to a person that wasn’t a true believer?
    “You’re raising money for a museum, right?”
    “Yes! A glorious one with people riding dinosaurs, and the ark all the animals used to escape the flood and how the Earth formed over 6,000 years!”

    Building a fake museum. Boils my blood. Is the tourism board in on this? What can be done?

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