Noah in 2000
It is the year 2000 and Noah lives in the United States.
The Lord speaks to Noah and says, "In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover
the whole earth with water until all is destroyed.
But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the
Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark."
In a flash of lightning, G-d delivered the specifications for an Ark.
Fearful and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the Ark.
"Remember," said the Lord, "You must complete the Ark and bring everything
aboard in one year."
Exactly one year later, a fierce storm cloud covered the earth and all the seas of the
earth went into a tumult.
The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping. "Noah," He shouted,
"where is the Ark?"
"Lord, please forgive me!" cried Noah. "I did my best, but there were big
First, I had to get a permit for construction and your plans did not comply with the
I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans.
Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler
system and floatation devices.
Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark
in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city planning commission.
I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark, because there was a ban on cutting trees
to protect the Spotted Owl.
I finally convinced the U.S. Forest Service that I needed the wood to save the owls.
However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won't let me catch any owls. So, no owls.
The carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with
the National Labor Union. Now I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls.
When I started rounding up the other animals, I got sued by an animal rights group. They
objected to me only taking two of each kind aboard.
Just when I got the suit dismissed, the EPA notified me that I could not complete the Ark
without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn't take
very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of
Then the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map of the proposed new flood plan. I sent
them a globe.
Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking godless, unbelieving people
The IRS has seized my assets, claiming that I'm building the Ark in preparation to flee
the country to avoid paying taxes.
I just got a notice from the state that I owe them some kind of user tax and failed to
register the Ark as a "recreational water craft."
Finally, the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of
the Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it is a religious event and
I really don't think I can finish the Ark for another 5 or 6 years!" Noah wailed.
The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine and the seas became calm.
A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up hopefully.
"You mean you are not going to destroy the earth, Lord?"
"No," said the Lord sadly. "I don't have to. The government already