What makes Kentucky such a hotbed for religious theme parks and otherwise unscientific entertainment spectacles? First there was the infamous Creation Museum in Petersburg and now the forthcoming Ark Encounter theme park in nearby Williamstown.
Lindsay Tucker has written about the Ark Encounter in Newsweek Magazine, including a very interesting interview with Ken Ham representing the Young Earth Creationists. Here is the introduction to that piece:
In honor of the celebration of Charles Darwin and his most-excellent theory of evolution, I just discovered that there is a Creation Museum in Santee, California, not far from where I grew up. Now I’m wondering: if a museum in Kentucky thinks the universe is 6000 years old and the earth was made and populated with fully mature plants and animals and at least one human in six days and then a completely separate museum in California espouses to the same beliefs, is it possible that it is all true?
When I was growing up, Santee was known for its contaminated lakes (which were actually the San Diego River bubbling above the surface) and a drive-in theater that usually wasn’t too crowded since it was next to a dairy farm which provided a strong odor and flies. Now, with the opening of the freeway to La Jolla, Santee has become a bustling town and they deserve a Creation Museum (this and the site of the original Price Club will keep Santee forever in our memory).
Although I don’t urge anyone to go the museum’s website, they do have several videos available that are interesting (unfortunately, neither God nor Jesus shows up in any of the videos so I believe we’ll have to assume the museum creators are going on faith). In one video it seems that locals are celebrating a religious event with balloon animals and snow cones. In another video an official of the museum decries the modern practice of separating science from politics from religion, etc. and he makes it clear that God hates this separation and would prefer that He would be considered and worshipped in all human endeavors (even doing tech support for Apple in Sri Lanka?). Another man tells us, practically in tears, that he could never have built the museum without help (eyes roll up) from Him.
I’m thinking this place is not too far from a good barbecue joint: if you turn to the left, you get dinosaurs; if you turn to the right, you get smoked ribs. Good eating!