Kentucky needs to end its tax incentive program

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On January 25, a Federal Court judge issued an injunction forcing the State of Kentucky to accept a tax rebate application from Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, despite the obvious and illegal employment discrimination being practiced by the park.This, along with other expensive factors is why Bridget Bush, a Lousiville attorney says it's time for Kentucky to put an end to the tax incentive program. As [Federal Judge] Van Tatenhove’s 71-page opinion notes, projects with diverse viewpoints have q … [Read more...]

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KY Secular Society letter urges governor to deny the Ark Encounter application

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The Kentucky Secular Society has sent a formal letter to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin urging his office to deny Answers in Genesis' Ark Encounter application for the tourism tax credit.The letter lists five major reasons why the project should be denied: 1) This action would violate section 5 of the Kentucky Constitution and the first amendment of the United States Constitution.2) Answers in Genesis, Crosswater Canyon, and Ark Encounter have been created for the purpose of three … [Read more...]

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American Atheists 10 commandments lawsuit allowed to move forward in Florida

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A lawsuit filed by American Atheists against Levy County, Florida is being allowed to move forward. The county had filed to have the case dismissed.The group, along with members of a local affiliate group filed the suit in June 2015 after Levy County refused to remove the Ten Commandments monument along with twice being denied the opportunity to place an atheism-inspired monument alongside the Ten Commandments monument.“This is all about equality,” said American Atheists National Legal Di … [Read more...]

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Ben Carson asks Christians to change Facebook photo and ‘take a stand’

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What a hero Ben Carson is... or isn't.The one-time frontrunner for Republican presidential nominee, who has become a distant speck in the rearview mirror is asking Christians to "take a stand" against liberals and update their Facebook profiles to them holding signs that read "In God We Trust."The laughable idea that the largest majority group in the nation is somehow being persecuted and that Christians would need to be somehow brave to join in such a movement shows just how … [Read more...]

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Texas Governor supports government endorsement of Christianity

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This may shock many of you, but the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, does not understand the establishment clause of the United States Constitution. I know. Take a deep breath.Back in December, the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office placed blue and white Christian crosses on the back of their patrol vehicles. When it was pointed out that the religious symbols more than likely violate the first amendment of the constitution, Sheriff Ronny Dodson asked the Texas Attorney General’s Office to issue … [Read more...]

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Sheriff threatens to fire deputies who dislike In God We Trust on their vehicles

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In Greene County, Missouri, Sheriff Jim Arnott says that he would consider getting rid of any deputy that protested his use of In God We Trust on county patrol vehicles.In an interview with the Springfield News-Leader, when asked how he would handle a deputy who complained about the motto, Arnott said, “Well, I guess he’d have to work somewhere else if he didn’t like it that bad. I mean it’s on our currency so my recommendation is he doesn’t spend any money.”I’ve written about this issue … [Read more...]

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Atheist mom is ordered to receive Christian counseling or lose her kids

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Holly Salzman has been ordered by a New Mexico judge to partake in 10 church led religious counseling sessions or lose custody rights to her children.While the Christian right has been screaming that religious liberty is under attack because of same-sex marriage, a very real violation of such liberties is underway in New Mexico.The judge ruled that order for Salzman to regain custody of her children, she would have to complete the faith-based counseling despite her vocal objections, and … [Read more...]

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Kim Davis should listen to the Bible and issue marriage licenses

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It is no surprise that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is still in the news, after denying more marriage licenses since the Supreme Court told her to do her job. It is also not surprising that others have taken the biblical literalism she utilizes (though, in fact, the Bible and Jesus say nothing about gay marriage), and they have rubbed it back in her face.Those four marriages she has gone through? God does not approve. A few examples are Mark 10:2-12, 1 Corinthians 7:39, Deuteronomy 22:19, and … [Read more...]

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Judge orders man to write Bible verses or face jail time, Americans United steps in

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You may have read the story this week about Josten Bundy, a Texas man who punched his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and was then handed down a sentence by Randall Rogers, a Smith County judge.The sentence Bundy received required him to marry his girlfriend, get counseling and to write down Bible verses.Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to Judge Rogers today explaining to him just how that sentence is not only incredibly illegal but that it also does nothing to … [Read more...]

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Missouri Sheriff Uses Public Funds and Social Media To Peddle Christianity

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I have a riddle for you. What has bible quotes on its website, pictures of angels on its Facebook, and continuously thanks the good Lord above?If you answered a Christian ministry, you are wrong; the answer is the Stone County Missouri Sheriff's Office!The Stone County Sheriff recently jumped on the In God We Trust bandwagon, placing the phrase on their patrol vehicles. Sheriff Doug Rader is a proud warrior for Jesus, so he posted photos of the new patrol car decals on the department's … [Read more...]

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