Turkey denies Honolulu mans bid to find Ark
- Christopher W. AshcraftNorthwest Creation Network
Turkey denies Honolulu
The plan was to start the expedition on July 15. As the summer wore on without government approval, McGivern continued to hold out hope, knowing the opportunity would be gone at the end of September when winter storms begin.
He said yesterday he learned that the Russian government also applied for a permit to explore the site and did not receive it. He heard of several other groups that jumped on the bandwagon after he revealed the pictures taken by DigitalGlobe, a commercial satellite imagery company, but none received Turkish permits.
McGivern said "This was the year," and he will not pursue the dream again. "I don't have Ark fever like many who go year after year.
"A good businessman calculates what amount of money and time he will invest and has to know when to walk away," he said last month. "Of course, Noah's Ark is totally different, way beyond business for me. Christians, Jews and Muslims believe in it. It will confirm the faith of millions ... and many will be brought to faith. It will change how scientists look at the world."
Active in Catholic lay groups, McGivern, 64, is best known here as president of Pro Family Hawaii, lobbying most recently against physician-assisted suicide legislation.
The story of Noah's Ark appears in the Book of Genesis, in which God saw how corrupt humans had become and sent rains to destroy the earth by flood. The account details the dimensions of the pitch-covered boat in which God allowed Noah, a righteous man, his family and a selection of living species to escape destruction. In the account, the ark came to rest "in the mountains of Ararat."