Will someone please scupper these damn monstrosities?

Will someone please scupper these damn monstrosities? January 4, 2018

The VerhalenArk, also called the “Ark of Noah” in English, ploughed into several boats in Holland’s port of Urk early on Wednesday afternoon.
Owned by Dutchman Aad Peters, it was one of two bible-themed boats built by deranged Dutch building contractor and creationist Johan Huibers, who said in this interview:

The people in the Netherlands have to be reached by the Gospel. That is the aim of the ‘Ark’. In the past most people went to church and heard the Word on Sundays. Now they don’t go to church anymore, so to reach them, God uses other means.

What, like sending the monstrosity crashing into people’s property?
Peters said he was stunned by the damage caused by his vessel.

We have been on the road for years and have experienced many storms, but this has never happened before.

This has never happened before?

In 2016 the ark – the smaller of two built by Huibers – crashed into a patrol vessel in Oslo and was extensively damaged.
Peters, a Dutch puppeteer, television producer and philanthropist bought the smaller ark in 2010 and since then has taken it for visits to towns across the Netherlands, and was preparing to do the same in Norway when the collision occurred.

Aad Peters
People and animals were aboard the VerhalenArk yesterday when it broke free of its moorings during a storm. Seven people were rescued off the museum, but the animals remained into the evening.
Wind gusts of about 107 kilometers per hour were reported just north of Urk at the time of the accident.
The ark ripped a post out of the ground and almost floated away last month. A port representative said:

We did the maximum we could, but apparently it was not enough. This morning there was a big gust of wind and there it went.

Emergency services were first called out to the harbor for a reports of a ship in trouble just after 12:30 pm. More crews were sent to the scene on a high priority call about 25 minutes later, and by 1:15 pm dive teams were dispatched to the scene to assist.
The 70-meter-long ark measures 10 meters wide and is 13 meters high, according to the museum. It claims to be Europe’s first floating Bible museum, and opened in Urk at the end of November.
It was scheduled to remain there until the end of February.
Huiber’s larger Johan’s Ark was completed at a cost of €4-million (£3.56-million) in 2012.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • AgentCormac

    When natural disasters strike, religiots like Aad Peters are quick to see them as clear signs that their god is angry with people such as gays, women, secularists, liberals, or come to think of it just about anyone who doesn’t believe precisely what they do. I wonder, then, how Peters will interpret this particular message from above?

  • barriejohn

    AC: I can answer that one straight away. It’s the Devil at work! Heads we win – tails you lose!!

  • AgentCormac

    @ barriejohn
    Of course it’s the devil. How silly of me not to realise!

  • Broga

    That is supposed to be the Ark? Containing all the creatures on earth and their food? And stopping the carnivores eating the herbivores? How do they clear up all the shit? A subject on which I currently comment with feeling as we are helping with a friend’s three horses for a couple of weeks.
    Three horses are hard work – what about an Ark load of animals? The practicalities of these religious myths are always ignored.

  • barriejohn

    Broga: There were no meat eaters before the Flood!
    “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” (Gen. 9:3 NIV)
    See? You need to consult God’s Word for the answers to your questions. As for all the bullshit in the Bible story, I have no information unfortunately.

  • AgentCormac

    @ barriejohn
    That explains why humans are carnivores (well, I say it explains…), but what about all the other carnivores like lions and dinosaurs? Did god give everything to them too? I wish he’d stop moving in such mysterious ways and make himself a bit easier to understand. It can all get so confusing.

  • barriejohn

    Stop being picky!
    …it is logical to believe that after the Fall, all the harmful isotopes, rays, and gases must have been switched on when God said, “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Gen. 3:17). The restraint in the rocks was removed and the radioactive substances began to open up with a rapid burst, their harmful products possibly still at levels too deep for all of the damaging rays and gases to reach the surface. No doubt, though, some did break through and men and animals began to change immediately post-Fall.
    I believe that this is how carnivorous behavior began, with a distortion or breakdown of the genetic messages in tooth and jaw formation. Some herbivorous creatures became carnivorous and were transformed similar to the caterpillar/butterfly transition. Much work needs to be done on this subject, and especially loss of genetic information. Lord willing, this will be my next effort. The radioactive elements probably made an even more disastrous debut on earth as they were spewed forth at the flood when the earth was torn asunder and “all the fountains of the deep burst open”.

    As he so rightly says, “much work needs to be done on this subject”!

  • CoastalMaineBird

    It can all get so confusing
    That’s why you need to connect with the right pastor, to help you understand the mysterious ways of Gawd.
    I think Brother Roy Moore is available.
    At least Ken Ham had the sense to build his ark on dry land.

  • AndyB

    So it’s basically a huge shed built on a barge?
    and that smaller Ark can’t be authentic, they didn’t have tyres in those days…..

  • AgentCormac

    @ barriejohn
    It is logical to believe that after the Fall, all the harmful isotopes, rays, and gases must have been switched on when God said, “Cursed is the ground because of you”? Well, if you’re utterly delusional I suppose it must sound vaguely plausible – in a 99.9% could-never-happen kind of way. It honestly never ceases to amaze me just how much bullshit these people will simply make up to help them force the square peg of their belief into the considerably rounder hole of reality. Nutters one and all.

  • AgentCormac

    Indeed. I rather think that the ever-lovable Judge Moore probably has quite a bit of time on his hands these days.

  • Steve

    See, the trouble is that the original ark didn’t have other boats to contend with.
    To be fair,when the waters receded, the first thing it did was crash into the top of a mountain. So….

  • L.Long

    Don’t need to scupper this monster, just load it up with the equivalent weight for the animals then tow it to sea and watch it naturally sink…assuming he built it to buyBull spec.

  • barriejohn

    L.Long: You know the old joke. It wouldn’t take any great weight:

  • Italian Scallion

    Consult the word of god? Are you crazy? There is no such thing as god, his bastard son, and the virgin whore. Like I said before several times already, the bible is all bullshit.

  • andym

    It can all be seen as a metaphor for religion. Blundering around where they aren’t wanted, causing indiscriminate damage, which is then met with denial .

  • RussellW

    I blame the Sumerians, they invented the ridiculous Flood and Ark fable. Ark mania serves a useful purpose, it’s a reliable indicator of how completely unhinged a particular religiot is.

  • Angela_K

    A sad fact concerning these religious nutters is that the money they waste on ludicrous vanity projects could go to something worthwhile such as medical research.

  • barriejohn

    Italian Scallion: No, I’m not crazy, but they are!
    Angela_K: “If just one soul is saved from hell…”

  • L.Long

    Italian!! Shame on you! She was no whore…she was a 14yr old raped by some old dude…most likely a rePUKEian…like Roy Moore.

  • StephenJP

    When I was growing up in the 60s, RE teachers in school or Sunday School seemed quite relaxed about treating bits of the Bible, such as the Ark myth, as “stories”, and other bits as “history”, which of course we were expected to take seriously.
    Now it seems that believers need to take the whole boiling as literal truth, possibly for fear that if they don’t, it will all unravel. And then where would they be?
    I live in a prosperous town in SE England, where most people, including the churchgoers, are pretty well educated and sophisticated. Yet, according to one of my churchgoing acquaintances, when that dreadful Mel Gibson film about Noah came out, the vicar had to organise a special meeting to help the flock to come to terms with the possibly unbiblical episodes it contained.
    The old-fashioned broad church, in the CofE and elsewhere, seems to be dying on its feet.Christians now seem to have to be evangelical literalists, or else. In the short term this has the potential to do some damage, for instance to children who are obliged to attend church schools. In the longer term,it might just deal the death knell to the church’s posture that it represents everybody in the community.
    “Religion should be an activity for consenting adults in private”.

  • Jobrag

    One of the, many, things I don’t understand about the Noah myth is why did God bother, He could have put Noah and his family in a relatively small ark and let all the animals drown, then after the waters receded done the creation bit again and Bob’s your uncle.

  • 1859

    If the myth of the flood was true it would make god into the worst mass murderer in the history of our planet – far worse than Hitler. Fortunately it’s not true and neither is god. Unfortunately what AH did was true.