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"Answers in Genesis is building a life-sized Noah’s Ark in Kentucky and a theme park to go with it. “Ark Encounter” will bring hundreds of jobs and millions of visitors to boost Kentucky’s economy. The state has a program to encourage tourism that refunds sales tax to big parks like this for the first 10 years they’re open. The plans for “Ark Encounter” were approved by the state in 2011 along with the tax credits.
"But now, out of the blue, Kentucky officials say they’ve changed their mind! Answers in Genesis won’t be approved for the program unless they agree to hire people who aren’t Christians and unless the exhibit doesn’t talk about Christianity."
This is all in response to Kentucky officials denying tax incentives to AIG based on the Establishment Clause in The United States Constitution.
“State tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination or otherwise be used to advance religion,” tourism secretary Bob Stewart wrote in a letter to AIG, according to The Courier-Journal. “The use of state incentives in this way violates the separation of church and state provisions of the Constitution and is therefore impermissible.” Officials will "take no further action"
It seems strange for Palin, daughter of Sky-Wolf-Hunting-She-Bear-of-the-Snowy-Wasteland-Can See Russia from My House-Sarah Palin to bemoan the lack of tax incentives as an indicator of "...the state is pushing Christians around."
No one said AiG can't pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and build a giant ARK PARK. It's just that the State of Kentucky is not allowed to provide special incentives to build it because it...is...religious.
And...also because...our forefathers were infinitely more intelligent and foresighted than young Ms. Palin and far more scrupulous than the millionaire mogul Ken Ham, founder of AiG.
Want a giant Ark? Go for it!
Want tax breaks to build it and then turn around and hire only Christians? Nope.
Want to teach people the world is only six thousand years old? You should be ashamed of yourself. It isn't illegal, should not be illegal. But it is both factually and morally wrong.
Confusing people with limiting, completely unscientific dogmatic interpretations of the Bible, completely out of touch with reality is the province of cults, charlatans and tyrants, all of whom want their audience as dumbed down as possible.
I can no longer take all of my political counsel from Bristol Palin, which is very disappointing. She was my rock!