You know, we're pretty sure the country is still in a recession. How is it these people voted unanimously to have this thing built when there are people really struggling in this economy? It makes no kind of sense.
On Thursday, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority was granted approval to spend $40 million in tax rebates to build a biblical theme park called "The Ark Encounter." That's $40 MILLION to build a 70,00 square-foot "museum," complete with Noah's Ark and Gift Shop.
For months, sane people have been pleading with the board not to back Mike Zovath's, a co-founder of the Answers in Genesis ministry, controversial attraction, arguing the legitimacy of a religious attraction being funded by a state government. However, it seems their arguments have fallen on deaf ears as the entire Kentucky Tourism department voted for giving the large sum of money to the project, which coincidentally, will actually cost $172 million.
Gee, maybe you want to sucker some money out of the school boards next. Kids don't need to learn, right? Might as well funnel as much money into this loon idea as possible, right? RIGHT?!
For those of you who are really interested, the "park" will include the ark, a replica of the Tower of Babel, lecture halls, shops, theaters and, of course, a petting zoo.
Joy. Bliss. Rapture. (Hey, wasn't that supposed to happen today???)