A full-size replica of Noah's Ark is being constructed in the American heartland, and you are being invited to pay for it. After numerous fruitless expeditions and archaeological digs in and around Mt. Ararat, rumored to be the resting place of the original Ark, faithful Christians have apparently given up on finding it and opted to build a new one.

The new Ark will be located, as the project's publicists coyly phrase it, "in the greater Cincinnati area." By this they mean Kentucky. It will be part of the Creation Museum, a place that already exists and where the visitor can see animatronic cavemen riding on giant fiberglass dinosaurs, if he or she wishes to seek out that kind of entertainment.

The dinosaurs perished in the Great Flood, according to the curator at the Creation Museum, which is why we can't ride them today, in spite of the fact that in the the original account God commanded Noah to load up two of every animal on the  Ark. The part where God said "Except the dinosaurs. You can just ride horses when things dry up," was left out of the story, but that is no reason to doubt it. Obviously, the Almighty gave many instructions that were too mundane to be included in the transcript, like the part where He told Noah what exactly a cubit was, and the part where He instructed Noah to have the giraffes sticking their necks out of the top of the boat at all times, for dramatic and artistic effect. That must have been laid down from On High, because anytime you see an artist's rendition of the Ark, there are those damn giraffes.

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Comment by Richard Goscicki on October 5, 2013 at 6:45pm

I think you're missing my point. Not just high school, these religious institutions start with kindergarten. Indoctrination started at such a young age is hard to escape. I find even confirmed freethinkers still bear remnants of hellfire beliefs. It’s an evil process and horrible thing to do to a child but it’s worked for centuries.

I recently heard N.J. Gov Christie defending his choice to send his kids to Catholic instead of public. It’s a self-perpetuating process and you can bet his kids will be singing the same song when they’re our age.

Comment by Richard Cahill on October 5, 2013 at 1:08pm

Rich, i was forced to go to Catholic school myself, by genuine Catholics. Couldn't wait to get out and become a rationalist. Personally, I think religious education is the best recruiting tool atheists have.

Comment by Richard Goscicki on October 5, 2013 at 1:03pm

Rich, to my mind the problem lies in the fact that logic and science were not part of what led these people to their eccentric beliefs.  Their defense mechanisms have been effective for centuries.  Isolation and information control are part of their arsenal. 

I believe the answer lies in improving public schools so that concerned parents don’t have to send their kids to parochial schools where they are bound to be indoctrinated.  That’s the front line where we’re losing the battle.  The public school in my case was so tough I tried hard to get into Catholic school even though I didn’t care at all about the religion.

 

 

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