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December 16, 2007

More on the Creationist theme park plan

by Feòrag

United Kingdom: Commenters on Pharyngula have been looking into the AH Trust (The Assembly Hall Trust, according to the record at the Charities Commission), the charity behind the creationist theme park proposal, and it seems to be a little devoid of substance.

One particular comment from "tacitus" sums it all up quite nicely:

First, he examined the testimonials page on the company's website, and found a pile of extracts from rejection letters.

If you take a look at their Testimonials page, there appears to be an impressive list of British companies-Boots, B&Q, BAA, Thomas Cook, BAE, etc.

Wow, not a bad list from a company that appears to have no money. But here's one of those "testimonials":
We wish you every success with your activity and hope that you are successful in securing support from other sources. - Boots Group plc

Calling that a testimonial is a joke. There is no doubt that this is a quote from a rejection letter. They were turned down flat.

The whole page is full of such rejections, with a handful of positive comments from people you've never heard of at the end, including the founder of the trust himself!

Next up for examination was the Annual Report, which reveals that

They have no funding, no backing, no coherent plan, and they're are woefully out of touch with the sentiments of the British public on religion and moral issues. They haven't even been able to replace the three trustees who resigned from their board over a year ago.

The annual report states that they have a grand total of £310 in the bank. That should go a long way. And then something really scary, should you feel like helping them out of their financial predicament:

Their "Make a Donation" page accepts credit card details and then promptly sends them in the clear across the Internet.

Personally, I find the single item under "News" amusing:

The Church in this country is in crisis, and many Church Leaders living in Australia, America and Canada have openly proclaimed that God has left the Church in England. A view which we find amusing and disturbing. 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.

One hopes their books are not written with a similar standard of English.

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Posted in Science Fiction at 18:46. Last modified on December 16 2007 at 19:51.
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