Getbig Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness Forums
July 23, 2016, 06:25:07 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
   Home   Help Login Register  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: In Kentucky, Noah’s Ark Theme Park Is Planned  (Read 48935 times)
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« on: December 07, 2010, 06:29:00 AM »

Facing a rising tide of joblessness, the governor of Kentucky has found one solution: build an ark.

The state has promised generous tax incentives to a group of entrepreneurs who plan to construct a full-size replica of Noah’s ark, load it with animals and actors, and make it the centerpiece of a Bible-based tourist attraction called Ark Encounter.

Since Gov. Steven L. Beshear announced the plan on Wednesday, some constitutional experts have raised alarms over whether government backing for an enterprise that promotes religion violates the First Amendment’s requirement of separation of church and state. But Mr. Beshear, a Democrat, said the arrangement posed no constitutional problem, and brushed off questions about his stand on creationism.

“The people of Kentucky didn’t elect me governor to debate religion,” he said at a news conference. “They elected me governor to create jobs.”

The theme park was conceived by the same Christian ministry that built the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., where dioramas designed to debunk evolution show humans and dinosaurs coexisting peacefully on an earth created by God in six days. The ministry, Answers in Genesis, believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old — a controversial assertion even among many Bible-believing Christians.

Although the Creation Museum has been a target of ridicule by some, it has drawn 1.2 million visitors in its first three years — proving that there is a sizable paying audience for entertainment rooted in a literal interpretation of the Bible.

On Friday, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky’s second-largest newspaper, criticized Mr. Beshear in an editorial for a plan that it said would result in low-wage jobs and a poor image for the state.

“Anyone who wants to believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible has that right,” the editorial said. “However, the way the Beshear administration handled this makes it appear Kentucky either embraces such thinking or is desperate to take advantage of those who do.”

The developers of Ark Encounter, who have incorporated as a profit-making company, say they expect to spend $150 million, employ 900 people and attract 1.6 million visitors from around the world in the first year. With the Creation Museum only 45 miles away, they envision a Christian tourism corridor that would draw busloads from churches and Christian schools for two- and three-day visits.

“It’s our opportunity to present accurate, factual biblical information to people about a subject that they’re really interested in,” said Mike Zovath, a senior vice president of Answers in Genesis.

In the interest of verisimilitude, the ark is to be built with wooden pegs and timber framing by Amish builders, Mr. Zovath said. Animals including giraffes — but only small, young giraffes — will be kept in pens on board.

“We think that God would probably have sent healthy juvenile-sized animals that weren’t fully grown yet, so there would be plenty of room,” said Mr. Zovath, a retired Army lieutenant colonel heading the ark project. “We want to show how Noah would have taken care of them, taken care of waste management, taken care of water needs and food needs.”

Ark Encounter is designed to be a model of environmentally sensitive development, Mr. Zovath said, to minimize its carbon footprint. “I don’t believe in global warming,” he said, “but I do believe we’ve got to be good stewards of everything God’s given us.”

The park will include a 100-foot Tower of Babel, a first-century Middle Eastern village and a journey through the Old Testament, with special effects depicting Moses, the 10 plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. For children, there will be a petting zoo, live bird and animal shows and a play area with ziplines and climbing nets — all Bible-themed. Even the trainer, Dan Breeding, will present animal acts with a Gospel message about creation.

Under Kentucky’s Tourism Development Act, tourist attractions can get back up to 25 percent of their development costs over 10 years from sales tax generated at the facility. Ark Encounter stands to receive $37.5 million — a quarter of its investment.

The entry fee for adults would be somewhere in the middle- to upper-$30 range, said Cary Summers, the lead consultant, who has run large entertainment attractions in Branson, Mo., and helped expand the Bass Pro Shops into shopping and entertainment complexes.

Mr. Summers said the developers had options on 800 acres of land in Grant County, Ky. If all the approvals are granted, they expect to break ground next year and finish by 2014.

He said they had been offering the proposal quietly for two years, and also showed it to officials in Ohio and Indiana. But Kentucky was by far the most receptive and offered the most generous financial incentives, he said, because it sees tourism as a promising means of economic development.

Officials in Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said in a telephone interview that they examined the constitutional issues carefully before proceeding. They said that Ark Encounter is unlike the Creation Museum, which is run by the Answers in Genesis ministry and received no tax incentives.

Ark Encounter is owned by a profit-making company, of which Answers in Genesis is a part owner. The ministry will manage the park’s day-to-day operations.

William Dexter, general counsel for the tourism cabinet, said the most applicable precedent was American Atheists Inc. v. the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority. A federal Court of Appeals found that Detroit could give grants to churches as well as businesses to encourage urban renewal.

“Our facts are quite similar, except that in our case it’s a tourism development by a for-profit corporation,” Mr. Dexter said.

But some advocates of separation of church and state say that by providing tax incentives to an explicitly Christian enterprise, Kentucky is violating the constitutional prohibition on government establishment of religion.

Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional scholar and founding dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, said: “If this is about bringing the Bible to life, and it’s the Bible’s account of history that they’re presenting, then the government is paying for the advancement of religion. And the Supreme Court has said that the government can’t advance religion.”

He added, “The fact that it’s an economic development plan doesn’t excuse it.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/06/us/06ark.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print


* ARK-1-blog480.jpg (81.77 KB, 480x356 - viewed 1112 times.)
Report to moderator   Logged
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 06:30:07 AM »

Are you building an actual Ark?

Yes, we are constructing a full-scale, all-wood ark based on the dimensions provided in the Bible (Genesis 6), using the long cubit, and in accordance with sound established nautical engineering practices of the era. It should become the largest timber-frame structure in the USA.

Who is building The Ark Encounter?

The Ark Encounter is going to be built by The Troyer Group, a leader in sustainable design, headquartered in Mishawaka, Indiana.

The Troyer Group has expertise in architectural, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management, and construction administrative services. All of these will be used in the Ark Encounter project.

The Creation Museum’s talented design director, Patrick Marsh, will be heading up design and “theming” of all of the attractions, to ensure that the quality mirrors that of the Creation Museum in every area.

http://arkencounter.com/faq/
Report to moderator   Logged
MCWAY
Getbig V
*****
Gender: Male
Posts: 16455


Getbig!


« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 09:41:17 AM »

The "long" cubit is, what, 21 inches?

Most people average the length of cubits, to 18 inches (1.5 feet) for ease of calculation. That means the Ark dimensions of 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high translate to 450 ft long, 75 ft wide, and 45 ft high.
Report to moderator   Logged
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010, 10:10:53 AM »

The "long" cubit is, what, 21 inches?

Most people average the length of cubits, to 18 inches (1.5 feet) for ease of calculation. That means the Ark dimensions of 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high translate to 450 ft long, 75 ft wide, and 45 ft high.

Yup

How Large Was Noah’s Ark?

    The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits (Genesis 6:15).

Unlike many whimsical drawings that depict the Ark as some kind of overgrown houseboat (with giraffes sticking out the top), the Ark described in the Bible was a huge vessel. Not until the late 1800s was a ship built that exceeded the capacity of Noah’s Ark.



The dimensions of the Ark are convincing for two reasons: the proportions are like that of a modern cargo ship, and it is about as large as a wooden ship can be built. The cubit gives us a good indication of size.1 With the cubit’s measurement, we know that the Ark must have been at least 450 feet (137 m) long, 75 feet (23 m) wide, and 45 feet (14 m) high. In the Western world, wooden sailing ships never got much longer than about 330 feet (100 m), yet the ancient Greeks built vessels at least this size 2,000 years earlier. China built huge wooden ships in the 1400s that may have been as large as the Ark. The biblical Ark is one of the largest wooden ships of all time—a mid-sized cargo ship by today’s standards.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/really-a-flood-and-ark
Report to moderator   Logged
Nirvana
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 4750


Maggot Filled Ass.


WWW
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2010, 03:39:27 PM »

nothing like cashing in off of religion.  Roll Eyes
Report to moderator   Logged

Chew Tobacco.
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010, 07:29:36 AM »

nothing like cashing in off of religion.  Roll Eyes

I personally would love for anyone to build this ark, and I would gladly pay to see it.  You have a problem with that?
Report to moderator   Logged
Nirvana
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 4750


Maggot Filled Ass.


WWW
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2010, 03:13:07 PM »

I personally would love for anyone to build this ark, and I would gladly pay to see it.  You have a problem with that?
it's a smart idea but there will be some hardcore baptists (especially in kentucky) who are gonna be lynching some people

no I don't give a shit what you do
Report to moderator   Logged

Chew Tobacco.
OzmO
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 21840


Take Money Out of Politics!


« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2010, 08:22:39 PM »

I personally would love for anyone to build this ark, and I would gladly pay to see it.  You have a problem with that?

I think it would be pretty cool, but a gimmick none the less.
Report to moderator   Logged
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2010, 02:15:40 AM »

I think it would be pretty cool, but a gimmick none the less.

A gimmick?  How so?
Report to moderator   Logged
Cy Tolliver
Time Out
Getbig IV
*
Posts: 1466



« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2010, 03:01:59 AM »

I personally would love for anyone to build this ark, and I would gladly pay to see it.  You have a problem with that?

Yep me too, I'm excited to see it and I'm in the area.  I'm not especially religious either.
Report to moderator   Logged

TEAM LAURA LEE!
Cy Tolliver
Time Out
Getbig IV
*
Posts: 1466



« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2010, 03:02:35 AM »

it's a smart idea but there will be some hardcore baptists (especially in kentucky) who are gonna be lynching some people

no I don't give a shit what you do

The Pentecostals are the ones that scare me...  Grin
Report to moderator   Logged

TEAM LAURA LEE!
Captain Equipoise
Getbig V
*****
Gender: Male
Posts: 12934


back from the dead...


WWW
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2010, 03:07:05 AM »

Only in kentucky..  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes

I can see MCNUGGET already has his seasons pass ready  Roll Eyes

delusional bunch of lemmings.
Report to moderator   Logged
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2010, 07:03:22 AM »

Only in kentucky..  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes

I can see MCNUGGET already has his seasons pass ready  Roll Eyes

delusional bunch of lemmings.


Only in America.
Report to moderator   Logged
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2010, 07:04:41 AM »

The Pentecostals are the ones that scare me...  Grin

Pentecostals scare me too!   Undecided
Report to moderator   Logged
MCWAY
Getbig V
*****
Gender: Male
Posts: 16455


Getbig!


« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2010, 07:38:59 AM »

Only in kentucky..  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes

I can see MCNUGGET already has his seasons pass ready  Roll Eyes

delusional bunch of lemmings.


Still smarting from getting your feelings hurt, after posting that garbage about Mother Theresa, I see.

I have no plans to go to Kentucky for any reason.
Report to moderator   Logged
OzmO
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 21840


Take Money Out of Politics!


« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2010, 02:10:22 PM »

I think it would be pretty cool, but a gimmick none the less.

Not a gimmick in a bad way necessarily, but they are using a theme park to promote a religion. 
Report to moderator   Logged
Butterbean
Moderator
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 19389


« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2010, 12:09:03 PM »

Pentecostals scare me too!   Undecided

I remember the time we went to a Pentecostal church and I hadn't ever heard people "speaking in tongues" or their "prayer language" or whatever it was at the time and we were pretty freaked out.




I would like to see the ark as well. Smiley
Report to moderator   Logged

R
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2014, 06:37:45 AM »

The Earth About to Be Moved for the Ark Encounter

Huge Bulldozers to Start Excavating at Ark Encounter Site

on August 7, 2014

Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a news release distributed to the national media today.

PETERSBURG, Kentucky, August 7, 2014 — Soon after the arrival of a crucial federal permit that took over one year to obtain, massive earth-moving equipment is descending on the location of the future Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky. The first wave of equipment made its way up I-75 from Lexington, Kentucky and is arriving at the Ark’s Williamstown site throughout the day, as excavation and building starts on a massive full-size Noah’s Ark.



https://answersingenesis.org/ministry-news/ark-encounter/earth-about-be-moved-for-ark-encounter/?utm_source=Ark+Encounter+Launch+Celebration&utm_campaign=f4f1bb23c0-Arkencounter_Newsletter_8_8_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4942fb09ce-f4f1bb23c0-138139941
Report to moderator   Logged
Man of Steel
Moderator
Getbig V
*****
Gender: Male
Posts: 18202


Isaiah40:28-31 ✝ Romans10:9 ✝ 1Peter3:15


WWW
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2014, 07:22:54 AM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71kaKwW2nDE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71kaKwW2nDE</a>
Report to moderator   Logged

loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2016, 01:30:50 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxwunPLUxLI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxwunPLUxLI</a>
Report to moderator   Logged
loco
Getbig V
*****
Posts: 9593

Getbig!


« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2016, 06:45:05 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nrGIAO8JmE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nrGIAO8JmE</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsf5nQdkO4s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsf5nQdkO4s</a>
Report to moderator   Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Theme created by Egad Community. Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!