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...]

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...]

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...]

The Lexington Herald-Leader Editorial team has a question for Ken Ham

The fine editorial team over at the Lexington Herald-Leader want to know why God needs so many tax breaks! Why does God need so much taxpayer help?Really, has God been so lame spreading the good news that AIG must "counter the myths floating around about the Bible-upholding Ark Encounter," on a digital video board in New York's Times Square?Does God need to be defended with the demagogic language AIG and its founder Ken Ham use in the holy war against "intolerant liberal friends," … [Read more...]

Ken Ham threatens to defend his right to discriminate in court

Answers in Genesis has released a statement today in reaction to the State of Kentucky rejecting the organizations application for 18 million dollars in tax incentives.Ken Ham said in the statement, “We have been working on this project with Kentucky for more than two years, so this just-received denial announcement is as disappointing as it is costly for our ministry without the expected rebate.” Ham then claimed he would battle this issue in court if he must, “Our construction has alread … [Read more...]


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