Whale of a Ride: Where’s Captain Ahab when you need him?

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Follow up, On Your Wall, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture
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This ongoing drama that began in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on a nautical quest for Bible Park USA has moved down the road to Lebanon, Tenn. in search for port of call. Yet, the high seas continues to rage against the ecumenical entertainment complex.

According to this story in the Murfreesboro Post, Bible Park USA seems to really have a hankering for this little town. Now they are suing for reconsideration of the zoning restrictions they were denied:

The Shelton family, which owns the 240 acres optioned by SafeHarbor, LLC for the development of Bible Park USA, filed suit against Rutherford County last month challenging the county’s denial of the park’s rezoning request. The lawsuit requests the landowner petition be corrected, the zoning application approved and attorney’s fees be paid by the county. No specific damages were requested.

OK, so Murfreesboro didn’t want you. And? WWJD, dude? He would go somewhere where he was needed (not necessarily wanted). Why not focus on Lebanon? Not pretentious enough?

It turns out, Lebanon folk love you and not mind you building “Six Flags over Jesus” there, according to this story from the Nashville Business Journal:

“Being able to attract a $200 million attraction right here to add to our tax base and build our tourism market is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Lebanon Mayor Don Fox says in the statement. “We want to do everything we can to be the chosen site for the Bible Park USA project.”

“Tourism market”? In Lebanon, Tennessee? This really is Moby Dick, isn’t it? This big ol’ thing and you want to harpoon him with a toothpick. Weirder things have happened, but this search for a Bible-themed park sure can get a preacher hot under the collar.

Consider Captain Ahab, “From hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Ye damned whale.” Well, let’s pray it’s not that bad.

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  3. I never know quite what to think about these parks. I was in Florida a few years back, and there was a similar Bible park placing fliers in the hotels next to the Disney brochures. I can’t explain why, but the thought of visiting such a park leaves me with very mixed feelings at best.

    At worst, I’m just a big ol’ cynic.

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