Brits tend to look down on the US for allowing fundamentalist fervour to drive politics. But Britain would do well to look at the rise of the tub-thumpers at home. Check out the plans for a Christian theme park in Lancashire, modeled, perhaps, on the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida.
In keeping with Britain’s self-image as guardians of all that is hip and happening in the world of music and media, the British Theme park will apparently revolve around a massive TV and recording studio. According to the centre’s promoters, making and watching Christian TV shows “will influence an end to binge drinking”. A lot of people will think that is a noble (though wildly improbable) goal. And I can’t say I disagree. I do, however, worry about what is behind this attempt US$ 7 million venture. Dig a little deeper into the the AH Trust’s website, and you find this statement:
“Evolution has falsely become the foundation of our society and we need the television studio to advocate Genesis across this land in order to remove this falsehood which presently is destroying the church foundation.”
Britain has successfully resisted the anti-science bias that has come to dominate so much discourse around education, health and the environment in the US. In its search for cash, the AH Trust prominently displays the tax relief available to investors in the not-for-profit religious charity. Which essentially means that the British taxpayer would be underwriting the promotion of a world view that undermines science and common sense. To borrow a dictaat from the fundamentalist’s own operational bible, Britain should “Just Say No!” to this kind of nonsense.