Christian theme park gains popularity
Travis Reed - Associated Press Writer
August 5, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. - Jesus Christ is crucified and resurrected here six days a week. Snarling Roman soldiers whip and drag him, and somber audience members watch. Some quietly weep at a pageant bloody and cruel. It is the grand finale at the Holy Land Experience, and not the attraction most tourists envision in an Orlando vacation.
Back to Earth now: The "theme" park is partly owned by the good folks at Trinity Broadcasting Network, available on many basic cable line-ups. In addition to the Whip-O-Rama, it also features an exhibit about the Dead Sea Scrolls, a scale model of Jerusalem, and a model of the garden tomb where Christ was buried and rose from the dead.
You can also see a 15 minute act where Jesus heals a blind man and inspires a tax collector ("Thou Shalt not have an Estate Tax?") the ministry of Jesus (Blessed are the Peacemakers? Yeah, I'll bet) and the Resurrection.The most bizarre part of the article is:
Audience members are encouraged to participate. Jesus walked among them with a wireless microphone, calling children and picking one up. Excited parents with digital and disposable cameras crept forward as their kids fidgeted and kicked at sand.
Lisa Bell, 42, husband David Bell, 50, and their 2-year-old son came from Ripley, Tenn., after seeing Holy Land on Trinity. She said they didn't consider attending the other parks.
"Oh no. Jesus was just holding him," Lisa Bell said, nodding to her sunburned son. "He knows who Jesus is."
This is what I get for being on so many email lists.
So the September report on the Iraq "Surge" will be written by White House staffers, it turns out. Yeah. Who needs to read anything by anybody who might actually know what is going on?
Labor costs! Labor costs! That's why our toys for tots cost so much! Or at least that's what I keep hearing on network news. And yet - not a word about management costs. Nobody ever thinks to ask about that, do they?
I goofed Department: Itain't almost 20% of seniors who are living in poverty in Fayetteville; it's closer to 10%. Blame it on my cataracts.