July 14, 2008

Dueling Bible Theme Parks in Tennessee

What is funnier than the idea of a bible theme park? How about two of them competing against each other to attract Christian families with more disposable income than sense? That would do it. According to UPI, this appears to be the situation developing in Nashville, TN, as The Holy Land Experience is planning to expand their presence in the area while Bible Park USA is trying to buy land nearby. As Ed Brayton of Dispatches From the Culture Wars wittily notes, this probably won't end well.

According to the UPI article,
"This is not a good time to be opening theme parks," said Dennis Spiegel, president of International Theme Park Services Inc., an industry consulting firm. "And history has shown us that Bible theme parks just haven't done well."
Bible theme parks have not done well? I just don't understand this one bit. I mean, what child doesn't grow up thinking of the Christian bible as a fun time for all?

And then there is the issue of the residents not particularly wanting a massive theme park in their neighborhood. I can't say I blame them. I wouldn't welcome something like this even if it was a real (i.e., fun) amusement park. Think of the noise, the traffic, and the litter. But a park that would attract hordes of Christians? No thanks! I can just imagine them getting all "holied up" and then running through the residential neighborhoods looking for converts.

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