I thought this was a joke when someone told me about this but apparently its true. Lets start queuing for tickets now, sounds like fun ehh Mixed reaction in resort to proposal for a Christian theme park in Southport
19th September 2008http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/southport-news/southport-southport-news/2008/09/19/mixed-reaction-in-resort-to-proposal-for-a-christian-theme-park-in-southport-101022-21851552/
Proposals to build a Christian theme park in Southport, England have met with mixed reaction from the local community. The town’s MP John Pugh, a practising Catholic, said: “Southport is a great place to invest and the more family entertainment the better. I am always encouraged too when people see the potential of our classic resort.
“However, the plans as described seem very much at the drawing board stage with neither site nor funding package agreed. My guess is that considerably more than £3.5m will be needed to accomplish a scheme of the size described.”
Sefton Council tourism spokesman Cllr Lord Ronnie Fearn said any project would be discussed as and when contact is made with the authority. He said: “Princes Park is the only tourist space we have left really, so the organisers would have to speak to the developers (Urban Splash) about trying to fit something in, but we welcome any ideas for investment.
“We discuss every project that is brought to our attention, that’s what makes Southport so successful.”
John Pulman, church spokesman at St Cuthbert’s Church, Churchtown, said a religious theme park could help to stamp down on social problems.
He said: “There is so much violence, stealing, drug abuse, even in Southport, and this project may be the answer.
“The only way this can work would be if all churches in Southport come together and form a team to make this work. As a church member and a Christian I am all for it.”
But Geoff Grice of the Community Church, Ash Street, questioned whether there would be the market to make a Christian theme park a success. He said: “As Christians we welcome anything that shows that faith and fun are not mutually exclusive.
“Whether something that works in the US can be translated to Southport, however, remains to be seen. Any entertainment option for Southport needs to be high-quality, economically-viable and have a wide appeal."
And James Fenton of Ainsdale, an atheist, commented: “Do we really want to take our kids somewhere where the book of Genesis is promoted ahead of the theory of evolution?”