Ark Encounter official pens an op-ed claiming religious liberty is under attack

Still upset over losing their 18 million dollar tax incentive, Mark Looy, the COO of Answers in Genesis and The Ark Encounter recently submitted an “Op-Ed” to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Given that the piece is now only posted on the AiG website, I assume the piece was rejected, most likely because it is not an op-ed, but defense piece in which the organization still pretends it is allowed to break the law.It starts: In addition to refuting the myth that tax dollars will be used to buil … [Read more...]

Finding a Better Santa

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When I was a child growing up in a semi-conservative Christian home, Christmas was a magical time. Santa Claus was as real as God, as loving in his discernment of my deeds, and even more tangible and deliberate in his showing of approval. I knew Santa Claus was real because my parents told me he was real. After Thanksgiving, the entire world around me put so much weight on the virtue of belief and scorned skepticism that he had to be real, and believing in him had to be the right thing to … [Read more...]

Ark Encounter attorney says Kentucky’s actions were ‘unlawful’

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Ark Encounter attorney Mike Johnson paid a visit to Fox News this weekend to discuss the loss of 18 million dollars in tax incentives earlier this month.Johnson, after first calling the news "tragic," blamed atheist groups for their political pressure that led to the states decision and then called the reversal of the tax incentive "unlawful" and said they would likely be bringing this case to court.When asked how the reversal was unlawful, Johnson said that the state grants these tax … [Read more...]

OnFaith: 5 Things You Should Know About Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter

Today I have a post up on a great site called OnFaith. I wrote about 5 common misconceptions about Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. The Ark Encounter is a planned theme park in Kentucky that will showcase the story of Noah’s Ark. The park is being built by Ken Ham, creationist and founder of The Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis, a ministry devoted to spreading the gospel of young-earth creationism.In July of 2014 the theme park applied for a special 18 million dollar tourism tax incentive and … [Read more...]

I watched the new Ken Ham Ark Encounter update video so you don’t have to

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Well, today I decided I could give up 9-minutes of my life, 9-minutes I will never get back, all to watch Ken Ham's update on the Ark Encounter.The video is the latest in the company's PR push to ensure donors that their money is not all lost now that the park has lost the necessary tax incentive to actually complete the park.Here are the main takeaways from the video: 1. They have over 500 pages of blueprints to spec out the necessary construction of the ark. I wonder how many Noah … [Read more...]

Are donations made to the Ark Encounter violating federal laws?

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Since the news broke that the Ark Encounter was losing its bid for an 18 million dollar tax incentive, its parent company Answers in Genesis has announced a new dollar for dollar fundraising campaign.While donation matching is nothing new for non-profits, there is a big legal issue at hand that is simply being ignored. Can Answers in Genesis, a religious non-profit organization raise money for a for-profit business and claim them to be tax deductible?The scenario is described in a … [Read more...]

Fewer than 10% of Americans are convinced Young Earth creationists, new study shows

Mike edits Jesus & Dawkins, a blog that looks at the intersection of Christianity, science, and atheism. We asked him to highlight the biggest insights from the recent National Study of Religion & Human Origins (NSRHO). The study, funded by The BioLogos Foundation and conducted by Calvin College sociology professor Jonathan P. Hill, has created waves. All citations from the NSRHO report are parenthetical in the text below.1. Many people are less certain about their view of human o … [Read more...]

Ken Ham continues to lie about the Ark Encounters employment discrimination

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Ken Ham has issued a video statement tonight on his blog addressing the issues of the Ark Encounter being denied their 18 million dollar tax incentive.Other than the normal anti-atheist hyperbole, Ham makes two points worth addressing.#1: The Ark Encounter is not asking the state for money to finish the project.Ham is insisting that journalists and atheists are claiming that park is asking for money to complete the project. This is a flat out lie. Every site is stating this is a … [Read more...]

Allowing women access to birth control does not make President Obama an idiot

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This post is in direct response to Rebecca Hamilton's two blog posts, "President Obama is an idiot" and "President Obama is an idiot 2".Hamilton is upset with Obama because The Little Sisters of the Poor are being "forced" to provide "contraceptives and abortifacients," to employees. So upset she feels that childish name calling is the proper response.Except they are not being forced to provide any contraceptives. Hamilton is simply lying, just as The Little Sisters of the Poor are. Side … [Read more...]

The tax incentive is gone but Ken Ham is still discriminating

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Okay, we have done a great job, we have ended the $18,000,000 tax incentive the Ark Encounter was previously awarded to build their genocidal themed park.We have celebrated, but there is still work to be done.The Ark Encounter is still discriminating against employees.In his statement about denying the tax incentive, there is something very important the Governor of Kentucky said: “While the leaders of the Ark Encounter had previously agreed not to discriminate in hiring based on r … [Read more...]


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