Ark Encounter sets July for opening date

Posted Friday, November 13, 2015 10:21 AM | Contributed by Jeff

They won't have to arrive two by two, but visitors can board a massive re-creation of Noah's Ark beginning July 7, 2016. And they'll have more than 40 days and 40 nights to experience it.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

Friday, November 13, 2015 10:30 AM

Maybe it was just the way the article was written, but what is the deal with these people who feel they have to "defend" their faith? By definition it's something that is wholly your own that can't be taken away from you. We don't prevent you from practicing your faith in this country. I don't understand how white, heterosexual, Christian victimhood has become a thing.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 11:35 AM

The culture is changing, and that can be scary. How fast did the US go from "someday, perhaps our gay children will be able to marry" to the Supremes making same sex marriage the law of the land? Far faster than I would have thought twenty years ago.

But I don't get the rush by white heterosexual Christians -- the "oppressed majority" -- to embrace victimhood.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 12:42 PM

Wonder if they will have a Starbucks.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 1:56 PM

No, but you can get coffee in the Ark Gift Shop, presented by Hobby Lobby.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 2:01 PM

No doubt Hobby Lobby is on the right side in the War Against X-Mas.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 2:14 PM

I totally understand how white hetero Christian victimhood happened. It's because actual victims (minorities) are demanding equal rights and apparently for the privileged, going from the vast majority of the power to a large majority of the power is being oppressed.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 6:55 PM

You don't want to get me started on the subject. LOL

This is one theme park I don't care to visit.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 12:02 AM

I'd like to meet the outside consultants who made the predictions about the number of visitors, economic impact and jobs that will be created -- if they're anything like the consultants that predict the number of visitors, economic impact and job creation expected to accompany new football stadiums, well....

(Assuming "outside consultants" does not mean Ken Ham asked a couple of interns to step outside of the office and make "predictions"....)

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 12:32 PM

Studies about the economic benefits of any given project are typically paid for by people who are in favor of the project. If you are in the business of conducting such studies and you want to continue in that business, you need to give the people who hire you what they want. So its not really surprising that pretty much all of the studies paid for by those in favor of the projects show significant positive economic impacts.

But in reality, the benefits are typically overstated and the costs are typically understated. But ribbon cutting ceremonies are exciting. And by the times the actual benefits/costs are realized, folks have already moved on to something else.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 12:34 PM

All very true.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 12:43 PM

Well, Jeff, I guess some faiths are wackier than others. Humans riding dinosaurs, the earth is 6,000 years old, and one man scooped up two of every spieces- science vs. faith is a tricky issue.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:11 PM

If the April showers last for forty days, won't a July opening be a little too late...?

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 1:28 PM

Science only opposes faith when you turn off your brain. There is no "versus" unless you want it.

I bet Noah didn't have to build a concrete elevator shaft for ADA reasons.

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Monday, November 16, 2015 6:49 PM

Also, strawman.

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Monday, November 16, 2015 7:15 PM

My intention was not to start a theological debate, which is pointless, but to show how some of the more silly parts of religion, like a man riding a dinosaur, could be the subject of criticism. White, religious males are still in good shape, not to fear.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:12 AM

It sounds more like a museum than a theme park?

Whatever. Rubbish.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:47 PM

I believe it's the first part of a larger project. I won't visit -- there's not a lot there to appeal to a flaming liberal gay atheist, even if it is the largest timber frame building that won't float in the world -- but if appeals to others, cool.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:17 PM

What will it cost to park at the Ark?

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:42 PM

slithernoggin said:

there's not a lot there to appeal to a flaming liberal gay atheist

Surely they'll at least have a rainbow. ;)

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