In the early days of this humble blog, creationists were generating all kinds of news. They were causing trouble in various state school boards (remember the chaos in Kansas and Texas?), they were suing universities over the validity of their “science,” and several state legislatures were bogged down over the issue of teaching creationism in public schools. Alas, we can’t blog about that stuff any more. It’s splendid that all that idiocy has largely gone away, but now — what are we supposed to blog about?
Fortunately, we still have Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham, (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. As you know, ol’ Hambo is responsible for bringing to this sin-cursed world not only the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, but also his exact replica of Noah’s Ark, known as Ark Encounter. They’ve been a source of inspiration for millions of droolers.
Hambo’s new post is titled It’s Number 1. What’s he talking about? We’ll soon find out. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Attractions Magazine [Link omitted!] recently posted an article entitled “USA Top Attractions by State.” The article begins, “Recent research conducted by the online travel booking site Musement has identified the most popular attraction in every state of the country.”
We can all guess what’s coming next. Hambo says:
Now without even reading the article or looking at their map, I thought Disneyland would be the top attraction in California, and it was. I then suspected Walt Disney World Resort would top the Florida attractions (and it did), and the Georgia Aquarium would be number one in Georgia (and it was). Then I wondered, “Could the Ark Encounter be number one in Kentucky?” — and for this research, it is! [Wowie!] Who would have thought an unashamedly evangelistic, biblically based attraction could be in that position!
It’s amazing! And it tells us a lot about the competition in Kentucky. After that, Hambo tells us:
Actually, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum have made Northern Kentucky the biggest faith-based tourist destination in America. [Ah yes, faith based tourism!] The financial impact on Northern Kentucky has been substantial to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars. Hotel occupancy is way above the national average, and thousands of jobs in the community have been created.
No doubt about it — Hambo’s attractions have made Northern Kentucky every drooler’s most desired destination. He continues:
But the greatest impact of all is the spiritual impact on millions of people who have visited. [Ooooooooooooh!] Thousands pour into Northern Kentucky daily (92% of our visitors are from outside Kentucky) to be impacted by these God-honoring, family-friendly Christian attractions.
Thrilling, huh? Let’s read on:
Both attractions are stunning and get rave reviews. As someone said to me, “The exhibits present the truth of God’s Word in a very professional, high-quality way, but they don’t do it in an ‘in your face’ way. And yet, it’s obvious that you believe God’s Word and want everyone to hear the saving gospel.”
Who was that “someone” who said that to Hambo? Was it you, dear reader? Anyway, here’s another excerpt:
From a human perspective, it was impossible that these attractions could have ever become a reality. [Huh?] But God miraculously brought an amazing group of people together and raised up dedicated supporters to make it happen.
Ooooooooooooh! It’s a miracle! Hambo’s post ends with a scripture quote, so we’ll let you have the thrill of clicking over there to read it for yourself. This is where we’re leaving him. And we want to know — what’s your opinion of Hambo’s big news?
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