KENTUCKY –  Anticipating another “biblical” flood, Kentucky is building an ark for some of its elite citizens.

Under the guise of building a “tourist attraction”, the state of Kentucky is preparing for a biblical flood, which state lawmakers anticipate happening by June of 2011.

The state has promised generous tax incentives to a group of entrepreneurs who plan to construct a full-size replica of Noah’s ark, load it with animals and the elite members of Kentucky society.

Since Gov. Steven L. Beshear announced the plan on Wednesday, some constitutional experts have raised alarms over whether government backing for an enterprise that promotes religion violates the First Amendment’s requirement of separation of church and state. But Mr. Beshear, a Democrat, said the arrangement posed no constitutional problem, and brushed off questions about his stand on creationism.

“The people of Kentucky didn’t elect me governor to debate religion,” he said at a news conference. “They elected me governor to create jobs and to protect them from biblical earthquakes, hurricanes and floods.”

The so-called “theme park” was orginally conceived by the same Christian ministry that built the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., where dioramas designed to debunk evolution show humans and dinosaurs coexisting peacefully on an earth created by God in six days. The ministry, Answers in Genesis, believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old — a controversial assertion even among many Bible-believing Christians.

Although the Creation Museum has been a target of ridicule by some, it has drawn 1.2 million visitors in its first three years — proving that there is a sizable paying audience for entertainment rooted in a literal interpretation of the Bible.

The audience may be too big.  “As soon as word gets out that we have the only ark in America and… when everyone realizes that the second flood is coming… we are going to have a real security problem on our hands,” said Governor Beshar.  “I’ve already put in a preliminary notice to the National Guard to protect the ark.  We only have room for so many people and… the animals.”

The ark is to be built with wooden pegs and timber framing by Amish builders. Animals including giraffes will be kept in pens on board.  The Governor has selected the animals that he wants on the ark.  “I don’t want any cats.  I don’t think there is a place for cats in the new world,” said Governor Beshar.

Kentucky will be using Federal stimulus money to fund the ark.  “Finally, there is a good use of government tax dollars,” said Senate-Elect Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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  1. When Noah built his ark, everyone made fun of him and his family – then the great flood came and nearly wiped every creature off the face of this earth. Now, we see KY trying to build another Noah's Ark, and history repeats itself all over again…So when's the next great flood going to happen?

  2. Genesis Chapter 9, verses 12-15. "And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations; I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the water shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. —- And about cats, God's creatures great and small, who is to second guess God and His creation? not me!

  3. It shoudl not be built with tax payer money simply because it is Biblically inaccurate. The Ark was a box, not a boat. The word itself, including the old Hebrew version, meant box. It did not have to sail, it needed only float. A boat shape would have been unstable, and would have need tons of stone at ballast. The animals would have been sick the whole time from the rocking. The boat shape is bash more on mythology than even those who think the bible is.

  4. There won't ever be another "great flood", he made a promise of never flooding the earth again, and the Rainbow is a symbol of his promise. Maybe KY is just making the ark for people to come see and praise the Lord for what he has done. Which i see no problem in that, if you don't believe then dont go see it, hmmm makes sence. I think is a great idea, so what if the goverment is involved? Its not going to kill you. I don't see why the goverment cant be invovled, they are already in everything else, so why is it a big deal if they are in a religion thing? So for all of you who are alll pissy about it, tell the devil i said hey when you go back from where you can from!

  5. @Guest and God's Child-

    You guys do know this is satire, right? If nothing else gives that away, this should-

    “The people of Kentucky didn’t elect me governor to debate religion,” he said at a news conference. “They elected me governor to create jobs and to protect them from biblical earthquakes, hurricanes and floods.”

    To be fair, Beshear probably does see himself at about that level of awesomeness.


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