Noah's Ark

A MOVING letter from Councillor Coleman told how Mr and Mrs Bush, of Noah's Ark farm, helped him out in 1984. I am sure that this, somewhat belated, public recognition of their good deed will be very welcome, as will the implied encouragement to visit th

A MOVING letter from Councillor Coleman told how Mr and Mrs Bush, of Noah's Ark farm, helped him out in 1984. I am sure that this, somewhat belated, public recognition of their good deed will be very welcome, as will the implied encouragement to visit their commercial venture which is 'very expensive' to run.The councillor's letter does however have a slant which I am sure was not intended but which caused me to ponder his words. He says that "as Christians they [the Bushes] felt they had to help another person in difficulty". The implication, often asserted, is that non-Christians (like myself) would not act benevolently towards fellow human beings or, even worse, that the Bushes only acted kindly because they 'felt they had to' because their faith told them to do so. The implication is unfair. I am sure the Bushes would have acted kindly whether they were Christian or not.Noah's Ark farm has, in my view rightly, come in for criticism about the way in which the zoo is used to promote 'creationist' religious ideas to its impressionable young visitors. Parents really should be made aware of the zoo's hidden agenda before they buy that family ticket. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED


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