Kentucky's Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear breathlessly announced today that he has secured a deal with Ark Encounter LLC to build an awesome creationism-themed amusement park in his state. What, along with a "full-scale Noah's Ark," will it contain?
The $150-million Ark Encounter park is expected to bring 900 jobs and $250 million in revenue to the state, according to a comical press release from the governor's office titled, "Governor Beshear, Ark Encounter Announce Plans to Build a Full-Scale Noah's Ark." While it's privately funded, those $37.5 million in tax breaks won't hurt either.
Aside from the full-scale Noah's Ark — and btw, how exactly did they determine the precise dimensions of this mythical ark? — the park will contain other remnants of the hallucinatory, impoverished desert hellscape that was early Judeo-Christian civilization.
In addition to the full-size Ark, the complex will include a Walled City much like was found in ancient times, live animal shows, a children's interactive play area, a replica of the Tower of Babel with exhibits, a 500-seat 5-D special effects theater, an aviary, and a first-century Middle Eastern village.
"5-D special effects" are when Jesus jumps out of the picture and pours scalding hot wine on you, for changing money in a temple.
Hey, jobs are jobs.