A fun day at Ark Encounter’s “grand” opening.

A fun day at Ark Encounter’s “grand” opening. July 7, 2016

It has been my absolute delight today to follow the tweetings of people at the Ark Encounter protest.

For those who haven’t been following, Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis secured millions of dollars in taxpayer incentives to open their park all while claiming it was a tourist attraction, not an attempt at sectarian evangelizing (it’s a giant monument from the bible, so why would anybody think that?)  This was, of course, a lie.  So…apparently the bible is true, through and through, except for those darned parts that say “don’t lie.”

It must be nice to believe god is all-wise, but to also be able to choose when and where you know better.

Anyway, let’s get to the story of today.  While AiG swore up and down that the Ark Encounter theme park would bring in about 2,000,000 visitors per year, making all those tax incentives worth it, they’re not off to a very auspicious start:

Here’s the image:



News reports say attendance was around 4,000 today. Of course, that’s not sustainable. But let’s imagine it was. That comes out to 1,460,000 attendees in the course of a year. That’s nowhere near what they promised, it assumes there are no days the park is closed, and it assumes attendance will continue to be at least as good as on opening day with all the hype and advertising.

All of that is about as likely as dinosaurs being crammed into an ark a few thousand years ago.

Speaking of which, there were dinosaurs:

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