Judge denies Americans United attempt to intervene in Ark Encounter lawsuit

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 A federal district court judge has ruled that Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) did not show enough evidence that they had the state's best interest in mind when attempting to intervene in the Ark Encounter's lawsuit against the state and its Governor, Steve Beshear.AU attempted to intervene in the case on behalf of four Kentucky taxpayers, saying each intervenor “believes that ‘[t]he tax rebates sought for Ark Encounter would effectively compel me, as … [Read more...]

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Kentucky’s Governor-elect supports funding the Ark Encounter

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Last night, contradictory to every poll out there, Tea-Party conservative Matt Bevin won the Kentucky gubernatorial election.This is frightening on many levels for a state whose education system is in the toilet and needed heavy reform, but it is very scary for the Kentucky taxpayer who needs tax dollars sent to these schools, and other important statewide infrastructure but could instead find it sent to build a huge landlocked boat.This is because governor-elect Bevin said during the … [Read more...]

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Ark Encounter officials are still lying about attendance numbers to city officials

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It is common knowledge at this point that the folks over at Answers in Genesis and the Ark Encounter are dishonest. It is even clearer now, after Ken Ham went in front of city officials and touted already disproven attendance numbers to boost political excitement about the park.Speaking to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Ham said the Ark Encounter would have between 1.4 and 2.2 million visitors a year. He also said it would create 21,000 new jobs over the next 10 y … [Read more...]

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5 things I learned by attending Ken Ham’s Answers Conference

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Like a creationist rock star, Answers in Genesis’s Ken Ham is out on tour spewing his usual nonsense. Luckily for me, the Answers Conference stopped over in my hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Even luckier for me, admission was free, so I went. I even got to meet Ken Ham. Really.I’m not going to write some long diatribe about all the falsehoods spilling out of Ken Ham's mouth. It’s simply too easy and, frankly, somewhat boring to tread over that well-trod ground. Like my friend Chris told m … [Read more...]

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Answers in Genesis insists it has religious freedom to discriminate and lies about hiring practices

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Answers in Genesis CCO Mark Looy wrote an op-ed for Grant County News Thursday in an attempt to dispel what he believes are myths surrounding the Ark Encounter project.He begins by addressing the hiring discrimination that led to the loss of the project's tax incentive, though Looy still believes they lost the tax incentive because of the religious nature of the project. "One lingering myth has concerned the future hiring practices for the park next year. Despite the rumors, here are two i … [Read more...]

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Studies suggest young people dislike ‘anti-science’ Christianity, so Ken Ham blames Churches

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Young people seem to be leaving the church in fairly large numbers. This trend was first noticed in a 2011 Barna Group study that was published in the book You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking, by Barna president David Kinnaman.In the study, Kinnaman found that: One of the reasons young adults feel disconnected from church or from faith is the tension they feel between Christianity and science. The most common of the perceptions in this arena is “Christians are … [Read more...]

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Lawyers begin arguing the Ark Encounter tax incentive case in federal court

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Wednesday morning marked the beginning of the federal court case brought against the State of Kentucky by Answers in Genesis over the 18 million dollar tax incentive that the state revoked late last year.Tourism officials "took this reflexive, kind of allergic reaction to religion" when it rejected the ark project's participation in the tax incentive program in December, said Louisiana State Representative Mike Johnson, who is also the lawyer for Answers in Genesis. The incentive program … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham’s lawyer claims same-sex marriage will lead to incest and pedophilia

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The folks over at Answers in Genesis are having a rough day. They are taking today's 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage (now called, marriage) in all 50 states pretty hard. Ham himself is ready for the end times and his lawyer wants to know why you're not banging your sister.In his blog, Ken Ham wrote of the decision that: This ruling in favor of gay “marriage” by the Supreme Court is actually going to fundamentally change the culture in America, and apart from a … [Read more...]

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The Ark Encounter hosted a media day and let reporters walk on concrete platforms

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Today was media day at the Ark Encounter.Ken Ham invited media to the construction site today (my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail) to have a "a unique opportunity to walk on top of the concrete measures platform, which will support the timber structure."That must have been riveting.At the event, Ham also filmed a short video for the park's social media platforms in which Ham declared the park would be one of "the biggest Christian attraction in the world" and compared it … [Read more...]

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Ark Encounter officials say they don’t need taxpayer money but demand it anyway

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Anyone following the Ark Encounter saga in Kentucky has seen that Answers in Genesis (AiG), the parks parent company has been moving forward with the construction of the park even after losing an $18 million tax incentive late last year. “The tax incentives, the tax rebates, have nothing to do with construction,” said Mike Zovath, chief action officer, and co-founder of AiG. “... We didn’t even include that in our budget or bond offering. That would all be used for future expansion.” This does … [Read more...]

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