Jeremy Atiyah on a babble of Judaism and Christianity
Our history is reduced to a laser- and pyrotechnic-enhanced babble of Judaism and Christianity
28 January 2001
Our history is reduced to a laser- and pyrotechnic-enhanced babble of Judaism and ChristianityI've never been a fan of theme parks. Aren't there enough real places in the world, not to need to invent new ones? In fact I'd probably rather join a tour of, say, a defunct nuclear power station in Ukraine than go to Disneyland, on the grounds that it would be less artificial. There'd be less danger of running into giant mice with mutated ears.
At least a place such as
But as of now, I've decided that
Why? Well, to save them from the latest theme park opening in
Sorry, but this has to take the biscuit as the biggest chunder-inducing exercise in the history of tourism. No roller-coaster can touch it. I haven't been there (nor am I planning a visit), but I am going to pontificate anyway: after all, pontification is what this park is going to be about.
Visitors, I am told, will be able to enter a replica of Jesus's tomb, climb the stairs of a copy of Herod's
Apparently the Jews of Florida are already outraged by this latest attraction, since its owner, they claim, is a man who may have an interest in converting Jews to Christianity.
And without getting technical, I think I can see their point. By all accounts the park reduces thousands of years of human thought and experience into a laser-and pyrotechnic-enhanced babble of Judaism and Christianity (You know the kind of thing: "Moses. Jesus. The greatest story ever told ... Say, we could get all those biblical guys in!".)
The mere thought of overweight kids puffing down a fake Via Dolorosa having "shaloms" said to them by women in "biblical era" robes is almost turning me into a religious fanatic as well, in order to be outraged by it.
As far as I am aware there is only one
If you want to go on a holiday to learn something about the meaning of life, I suggest that there is where you should go.
Otherwise by all means go to Disney. But do yourself a favour. Just don't go to a theme park called the Holy Land Experience.