I discussed the recent news around the Ark Encounter this weekend on Ask an Atheist

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I pre-recorded a segment for this weekend episode of Ask an Atheist in which we discussed the latest happenings surrounding Ken Ham's Ark Encounter project.You can listen to the whole program right here.I hope this helps clear up some of the questions people have about the project and I am still giving some thought to holding a live Google Hangout to answer more questions and misconceptions people have about the case. … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis files lawsuit against Kentucky

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Answers in Genesis announced today that have officially filed their lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for religious discrimination.You can view the lawsuit here.According to the AiG website: Although the sales tax rebate program is available equally to all qualifying tourist attractions seeking to build in the state, AiG President Ken Ham observed that “AiG’s application was rejected solely because of our religious identity and the biblical messages we will present at our future life … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis is suing the state of Kentucky over its lost tax incentive

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In a video and statement released today by Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham alongside attorney Mike Johnson announced the organizations plan to file a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky over its refusal to grant AiG an 18 million dollar tax incentive after it was discovered that the organizations for-profit company, The Ark Encounter was discriminating against employees based on religious preference, a clear violation of both state and federal laws.However, the forever delusional minds of t … [Read more...]

Why doesn’t Ken Ham understand religious liberty?

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What is religious liberty? Well if you really want to know, the worst person you could ask would be Ken Ham, but he is going to tell you anyway.Ham has posted a new blog titled, What’s Happening to America’s Free Exercise of Religion?In it, he claims that the right to freely exercise religious beliefs is under attack in the US, meaning he thinks his right to demand religious privilege is under attack.Ham writes, [...] We are seeing an increasing number of examples where the free exer … [Read more...]

Tomb of Jesus?

In a recent article from Huffington Post, it appears that the burial place of Jesus, and his family, was discovered. Setting aside criticisms of whether Jesus existed or not, let us take a look at the claims.The find, an ossuary in a family tomb in Jerusalem dating to the first century CE, has an image of a large fish with a stick figure man in his mouth. It also has a four line Greek inscription that states Yahweh will "raise up" someone. And the name "Jesus", or an abbreviated version … [Read more...]

Bristol Palin claims the Ark Encounter lost its tax incentive for being ‘too Religious’

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Bristol Palin, daughter of “maverick” politician Sarah Palin has decided to weigh in on the Ark Encounter tax incentive debacle on her Patheos blog recently.Palin wrote, I just get so sick of hearing about the “separation of church and state.” Because it usually means the state is pushing Christians around. She then dove into the latest example of such “pushing around” in which she explains to readers why the Ark Encounter lost its 18 million dollars, Answers in Genesis is building a life- … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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...]

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...]


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