Gopher Wood is EXPEN$IVE!
Uh, what the hell IS gopher wood?
"Make thee an ark of gopher wood;rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make of it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breath of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt be set into the side thereof; with lower, second and third stories shalt thou make it."
That's it folks. Everything else is pure imagination and speculation. The ark was a friggin' box 450' long, 75' wide and 45' tall made out of wood that's never mentioned again in the Bible and certainly doesn't exist today. It had one lousy window about 45" square and one side door (size? who knows?).
So the chubby boat with the house on top is
really pure fiction, based upon drawings and etchings like that of Gustave
Dore' (see below)
Americans United for Separation of Church and State are protesting the plan to provide $11M in Kentucky state road improvements to support the Christian theme park where the centerpiece attraction is an alleged replica of Noah's Ark.
Added to that $11M are $40M in sales rebates!
The rationale behind all of this is that the Ark
Park will bring in a great deal of traffic ... and revenue to the area. Makes
you wonder, though, if the same consideration would be given to a Buddhist
Theme Park with a 200 foot statue of Buddha.
The Creation Museum
All rationales aside, the Creation Museum from which the Ark Park is a spin-off has had a healthy one million visitors since its construction in May, 2007. The $27 million enterprise was immediately blasted as " a monument to scientific illiteracy" by scientists, and the sight of dinosaurs romping with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden gave vent to the term, "Yabba Dabba science." Case Western Reserve's eminent astro-physicist, Lawrence Krauss formed a protest of some 600 scientists (see below). Of course Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, the Museum's parent organization came back with the zinger "Lawrence Krauss Blasphemes Our Lord."
The there's the juicy problem the Creation Museum had with Adam :
The evangelicals behind the just-opened Creation Museum are up-in-arms upon discovering that they hired a Sirfuxalot Model (Eric Linden) to portray Adam in one of the videos they've been showing to children. Additionally, the AP reports that Linden also owns the domain Bedroom Acrobat, a sexually suggestive site where he has appeared posing with a transvestite.
And science has not let up on the simple
fact that the Creation Museum plays fast and lose with it (science). One
glaring point: the museum posits that all dinosaurs were vegetarians and some
turned to being meat eaters after "The Fall." What about T-Rex and
his huge teeth? Simple: all the better to eat coconuts with. PZ Meyers had this
to say about the handling of dissent at the museum:
At the Creation
"Museum", one of the jobs of the guards is to suppress criticism.
They hover about in rather conspicuous uniforms, armed with tasers, and some
use police dogs to check out the visitors. They don't want dissent expressed in
their building, and they admit it themselves.
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