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Creationists plan British theme park
« on: 2007-12-16 00:56:43 »
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The Observer Sunday December 16, 2007


Creationists plan British theme park

A business trust is looking at sites for a Christian showplace to challenge the theory of evolution

Jamie Doward
Sunday December 16, 2007
The Observer

The latest salvo in creationism's increasingly ferocious battle with evolution is about to be fired in Lancashire. Not in a fiery sermon preached from the pulpit, but in the form of a giant Christian theme park that will champion the book of Genesis and make a multi-media case that God created the world in seven days.
The AH Trust, a charity set up last year by a group of businessmen alarmed by the direction in which they see society heading, has identified a number of potential sites in the north west of England to build the 3.5m Christian theme park.

The trust claims it already has a number of rich backers who are keen to invest in the project, which will boast two interactive cinemas, a cafeteria, six shops and a television recording studio, allowing it to produce its own Christian-themed films and documentaries.
The 5,000-capacity park will be the first of its kind in Britain, but not in the world. In Orlando, Florida, hundreds of thousands of visitors make pilgrimages to the Holy Land Experience, where they can see a bloodied Jesus forced to carry his cross by snarling Roman soldiers.

Peter Jones, one of the Lancashire theme park's trustees, said the emphasis would be on multimedia rather than the costume re-enactments of famous biblical scenes favoured at Holy Land. 'It will be a halfway house for youngsters,' Jones said. 'Today all they do is binge drink. We will be able to offer them an alternative.'

By producing its own films, the trust believes it will be able to provide an antidote to modern culture. It says on its website: 'On television today there is so much sex and violence, it is no wonder our youth are binge drinking ... This is a revolutionary scheme requiring innovative people with the vision to bring about change and a new direction.'

It declined to say who the backers were, but admitted it is talking to a number of businessmen who have invested in city academies, leading to speculation that it may have approached Sir Peter Vardy, who has given millions of pounds to advance the claims of creationism - the belief that God created the world and that Darwin's theory of evolution is wrong.

While the plans for the park are still in their infancy, the trust has big ambitions. A business plan available to prospective investors suggests the park could bring in 4.8m a year - apparently 10 times its estimated overhead costs.

The trust also says it plans to apply for government grants and European funding to help it realise its dream of turning the television studio into 'an international leader in promoting family-oriented Christian programmes'.

Although concerns about the direction of modern society are the trust's main motivation for building the theme park, it is also in response to what the trustees identify as a sense of drift within the Church of England.

'The church in this country is in crisis and many church leaders living in Australia, America and Canada have openly proclaimed that God has left the church in England,' the trust states on its website.

'Evolution has falsely become the foundation of our society and we need the television studio to advocate Genesis across this land in order to remove this falsehood, which presently is destroying the church foundation.'

The theme park's anti-evolution bias and its emphasis on Genesis has raised eyebrows among planning officials, according to Jones, who originally wanted to build the park at the site of an old B&Q store but was refused permission by the council.

'Wigan council slammed the door in our faces. You mention the C [Christian] word, and people don't want to know,' Jones said.

[Blunderov]"You mention the C [Christian] word, and people don't want to know,' Jones said."

Interesting is the ambiguous "C word". Who it was that suplied the "Christian" interpretation in the original report is not clear, but it might quite easily be intended to mean "creationist" instead. A deliberate equivocation? I think it might be. It seems highly probable that the trogladyte Jones and his ilk are having trouble not only with non-believers but also with the  religious mainstream some of whom, it seems possible, might occupy positions on the Wigan Council. Bit of an honesty issue here I'm guessing. What would Jesus do? Scratch that; what would international war criminal Tony Blair do? I think we all know the answer to that one - tell a lie for Jesus today!

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"You mention the C [Christian] word, and people don't want to know,' Jones said."
[letheomaniac] Oddly, the first word that came to my mind was 'cretin'.
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« Reply #2 on: 2007-12-22 01:00:56 »
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And so the smart and beautiful Letheomaniac takes the C[ake].

You see, to become this kind of C[s]retin[/shristianh takes being "born again." Unfortunately, this differs from "normal birth", in that a) this happens at an age older than infancy, and b) Invariably involves brain trauma leaving the resulting monster completely incapable of even common or garden reasoning.

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(lethe blushes furiously) Thank you kindly, Hermit.
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