Lebanon, TN drops support for Bible Park

Posted Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:18 AM | Contributed by Neuski

The Lebanon city council voted Tuesday night to take back its support for a Bible-themed amusement park proposed to be built just outside the Wilson County seat. Councilman William Farmer said he was troubled that the same group that brought the Hard Rock Park to South Carolina is backing the Bible Park.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 4:16 PM
OhioStater's avatar

Damn it.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 7:42 PM

This is a somewhat interesting thing.

I wonder exactly how and what one would do to a "Bible Park"...especially in this day and age.

The most recent "Bible Attraction" that comes to mind, is just south of Cincy, Ohio. There is a Bible Museum down there. Originally when I heard about it, it just sounded like one of those wax places with a couple of speakers thing. Man was I wrong. That place has HUGE lines for it!

The theming would be easy. But I just don't see it being able to please the masses of all types....Then again, it is in the Bible belt. I'm curious to hear more about it.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:14 PM

OhioStater said:Damn it.

I think the reason the park was damned is that the same people who did HRP and didn't have the funding to adertise it. Besides, Africa-Israel their former funder is no more.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:21 PM
LostKause's avatar

They could have a roller coaster themed to Armageddon, a dark ride that tells the story of the crucifixion, ..and a rapids ride themed to Noah parting the Great Sea...lol

Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:22 PM

This is a concept that I will never find appealing. I really dont need to ride the Satan: Fall from Grace Intamin Roto Drop, Baptism! Shoot the Chutes, Noah's Ark: The Ride raft ride, Exile from Eden dark ride or the Armegeddon: There is no escape! Giga Coaster. No matter what you do youre going to end up offending the kind of people you are trying to attract to the park.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:37 PM
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2 Words:


Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:20 PM
Jeff's avatar

Obviously you've never been to a Catholic fund raising event!

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:56 PM

^ No kidding beer and bingo. Staples of the Catholic faith. ;)

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Friday, March 6, 2009 3:55 PM

^Forget bingo, we had blackjack and poker at our event.

Friday, March 6, 2009 4:11 PM
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LOL Jeff. Fair enough..

However the bible belt consists of mostly conservative So. Baptists and conservative evangelical Protestantism, which arent as friendly on the beer thing. Yes.. There are exceptions since religion has gone totally hybrid, but speaking generally..

The So. Baptists were the exact reason why Virginia went through so many liquor laws thanks to Falwell on one end of state and Robertson on the other. For the longest time we used to have locks on the fridge doors at markets that sold alcohol on Sundays.. Fortunately being in a military area, it makes it easy to overturn silly policies.

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Friday, March 6, 2009 4:11 PM
Friday, March 6, 2009 4:35 PM

lol it's funny to see my Lebanon, TN on here. I live in Lebanon and the idea of the "park" is very unclear. The plans were to build it right behind where I work, the theater, and you would here people coming in talking about, but everyone would have a different understanding about it. Overall, this was going to be more like a highly interactive museum. Nothing more. Everyone around here thinks it's going to be a religious park with shows and rides, with an Opryland touch. I'm actually glad it's not coming. Not only would the locals be highly dissappointed, but it also wouldn't have made it.

Friday, March 6, 2009 8:18 PM


Friday, March 6, 2009 8:39 PM
LostKause's avatar

Sounds incredibly boring.

Monday, March 9, 2009 1:27 PM

Agreed, and how would this be made if Hard Rock Park was brought up to possibly be too narrow a theme for a park? Why not just call this a "religious retreat" rather then a park, as it wouldn't really even be for the "general public" considering "general" is a term for all types of people.

Monday, March 9, 2009 4:07 PM

Sounds like a cross (no pun intended) between the PA Renaissance Faire and Sight and Sound theatre. (To follow the TOS, I'll let you find the links yourselves.) But both of those places draw the crowds. Then again, I don't believe either of those places ever had their hands out for taxpayer money. Both are also well run and professionally managed.

I can't believe I haven't seen a reference to Ned Flanders yet in this thread. :)

Monday, March 9, 2009 4:20 PM
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"Praiseland"....for Maude Flanders... :)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:14 AM
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LostKause said:
They could have a roller coaster themed to Armageddon, a dark ride that tells the story of the crucifixion, ..and a rapids ride themed to Noah parting the Great Sea...lol

LOL! A dark ride like Nights In White Satin telling the crucifixion would be interesting to say the least. I actually like the idea of a Bible-themed park. I'd visit it! Armageddon sounds like a cool name for a coaster. :) They could also have dueling woodies called Adam & Eve. ;)

I don't see a Bible-themed park appealing to the masses, though, much like HRP. :(


Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:26 AM
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 2:33 PM

Or how about if they combined the two ideas? Presenting Jesus Christ, Superpark . . .

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 5:39 PM

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