Yes, we're still doing this.
Knowing this monument to ignorance has not collapsed under the weight of its own stupidity, does not fill me with hope for the future of our species. I don't think their are enough smart and rational people to save us from destroying ourselves.
"Despite all that, Answers in Genesis sued its insurers over pandemic-related losses."
Money has no smell (allegedly from Vespasian).
When you realize that the same people patronizing this landlocked schlock boat are the same ones who tithe their income to pastor-parasites, then the figures aren't surprising at all.
It seems like it’s growing, but it has yet to reach the levels Ham expected and that it might have had if we really were as religious as some would like us to believe. This is a last gasp of the young earth creationists to fight the education. It’s actually quite hopeful if you ask me. Less than a hundred years ago this was taught in schools, now it’s relegated to a roadside attraction in the middle of nowhere. It’s telling that Ham is forced to shady dealings to trick school districts into field trips and still failing at for the parents fighting for church state separation.
Any religious revival that depends on the Ark Encounter is doomed to failure. The incompetence of even the political movement will ultimately sink their plans. That is to say, we still need to fight for the right thing and we have had some serious losses to n the battles (SCOTUS) but we can move toward progress and away from Christian nationalism.
"No one in this world, so far as I know---and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me---has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."
-- HL Mencken, in a column for the Baltimore Sun/Evening Sun dated September 18th 1926
I picture Christian couples visiting Ham's 2nd Commandment-violating graven image taking selfies of themselves wearing IM WITH STUPID t-shirts that each have the arrow pointed at the other.
The problem with a bible-themed tourist attraction is that there just aren't that many things in the book that make for a family-friendly park. Okay, so you've got "Noah saves the world with a really big boat"- so now what? Well, I guess the Tower of Babel make sense... but wait, didn't your godthinghy 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘺 that? I mean, if you want to claim that's as (𝘩𝘢𝘩!) accurate as your ark, then sooner or later someone's gonna walk through the front gate and ask why, if it's so realistic, goddypoo hasn't yet smited everyone involved in its construction. Good luck coming up with an answer.
But really, where do you 𝘨𝘰 from there? Well, a Christmas manger petting zoo, I suppose... but where's the 𝘞𝘰𝘸! factor? If you want kids to beg their parents to take them there, instead of it always being "that stupid boring place gram-gram took us instead of Disney World," then you're gonna need something 𝘧𝘶𝘯 to do, and it needs to be at least passably kid-friendly (as much as any brainwashing is 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘺). Most of the exciting parts of the bible involve a great deal of intra-familial 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 and the wanton slaughter of anyone who so much as dared to glance at a shellfish on sabbath. Whee!
The bible just isn't 𝘧𝘶𝘯. It's dour, and bloody, and cruel... and it has way more "thou shalt nots" in it than "thou shalls," which will 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 put a dent in your appeal to the 1-25 demographic. So, in the end, you're going to face a dilemma: do you want a bible-𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 attraction which hews closely to the scripture and which most of its target audience will visit once and forget about... or do you want a bible-𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘥 attraction where the water slides and roller coasters will be more memorable than the tacky coat of Jesus all over everything, but the place 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 not end up being a complete money pit?
I think that carousel pic above make it pretty clear which way Hammyboy is leaning... and that speaks volumes about how much faith he has in the bible's youth appeal.
My question is this: Of all those visiting the Ark Park [hey, that kinda rhymes!], how much of their attendance is repeat traffic, versus first-timers? Granted that Hammy-boy isn't likely tracking that, but I think it might be a telling point as to how robust his following is and how long that overdone rowboat will hold up.
They're relying on resources that involve Dark Money to keep their business going, which is likely why Ham's putrid attractions are not closing, yet.
Does Hemant have a bet on when this will close? I don't think it will be soon. AIG seems to have money coming out the yin-yang, so I doubt they'll let it go under even if it is costing them money.
The day will hopefully come when a certain percentage of these people who are delusional enough to have already visited this monstrosity with their children (damn) and have had their kids mocked by other kids who have parents that are smart enough that they realize that this is all a fairytale (there's is 0% proof the the Ark story is just that) --then some of these kids actually get curious enough to look for the origins of the (particular brand of) religion they have been "taught" (brainwashed) and wander on to a site like godisimaginary dot com and become 'woke'--yes, I will use that word... LOL, and the end result would ideally be that this eyesore is abandoned, torn down and relegated to the annals of (real) history. It's called progress.
Ham has a "boat" based on a fairy tale.
Maybe he should visit the Holocaust Museum. Or one of the concentration camps still standing. Things that are real and documented real genocide of humanity. He won't, of course. He knows who was in charge of the Holocaust. Good Catholics and Lutherans.
I'm still wondering why anyone would want to visit a monument to a planetary genocide that never happened? And what on Earth does it have to do with Jesus?
Sitting here with a cuppa and an Anzac biscuit, after a day's walking along the waterfront, the river, and doing some shopping – and I thought of you guys. Real nice Anzac biscuits this motel provides. Quite upmarket. Anyway, I was doing some opshopping and I found a book called Le Dernier Orc. Only $2 and I almost bought it, but my schoolboy French wasn't quite up to it. Anyway I see nothing much doing here – there's not a lot you can say about the ark experience. Seen one ark article seen them all. See you all tomorrow.
The delusional party.
I still say that Hambone's missing a golden opportunity to enhance his revenue simply by putting in a recreation of Lot and his two daughters in the cave.