Kentucky County approves expansion of Creation Museum, will taxpayer dollars be used?

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Ken Ham is apparently riding high after the court victory that makes his Ark Encounter theme park eligible for state tax incentives. The creationist is now seeking to expand the Creation Museum to make room for new traveling exhibits and a bigger parking lot.His dream to expand took one step closer to reality when the Boon County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the plan on Wednesday.We've experienced a lot of success with the museum," said Mike Zovath, co-founder of Answers in … [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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Kentucky will not appeal Ark Encounter ruling as politicians praise the court’s decision

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's office told the Associated Press that they will not be filing an appeal against the Federal Court ruling on Monday in favor of the Ark Encounter.Bevin's office said the governor was pleased with the ruling. "This administration does not support discrimination against any worthy economic development projects," Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said in a statement Tuesday.Kentucky State Representative Brian Linder even wasted more of the state's time today by d … [Read more...]

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The Ark Encounter will not qualify for $18 million in tax rebates

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Monday's Federal Court ruling that ordered the Commonwealth of Kentucky to move forward with the state's Tourism Development Program application is being heralded by Ken Ham has a huge win, not only for religious freedom, in his opinion, but also for his park which he says is now eligible for the $18 million tax incentive rebate.The truth is, however, the Ark Encounter will not qualify for the full $18 million based on the visitor report issued by Hunden Strategic Partners.When the Ark … [Read more...]

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Kentucky has a legal right to exclude the Ark Encounter from tax programs

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In Monday's ruling by Judge Greg Van Tatenhove of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, stating the State of Kentucky was in violation of federal law when they denied Ken Ham's Ark Encounter from taking part in the Kentucky Tourism Development Program, the judge made a major error in his decision.In the 2004 Supreme Court ruling in Locke v. Davey, the court ordered that states had a right to exclude religious institutions if the state had a "substantial interest" in … [Read more...]

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Federal Court rules Kentucky cannot block the Ark Encounter from tax incentive program

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Judge Greg Van Tatenhove of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued an injunction today against the State of Kentucky from blocking the Ark Encounter from participating in the Kentucky Tourism Development Program. The federal court found “that the Commonwealth’s exclusion of AiG from participating in the program for the reasons stated – i.e., on the basis of AiG’s religious beliefs, purpose, mission, message, or conduct, is a violation of AiG’s rights under the First A … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham calls Newsweek anti-Christian for further exposing his Ark Encounter discrimination

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On Saturday, Newsweek ran a great expose on the Ark Encounter and the employment discrimination that led to the park losing its $18 million tax incentive.Lindsay Tucker wrote in her piece: Why did the state reject an application nearly identical to one it initially approved? Because AiG posted Ark Encounter job listings on its website requiring a “salvation testimony” and a creationist statement of faith. Bob Stewart, then-secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, wrote i … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham says that Bill Nye is using a Christian worldview to explain evolution

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Ken Ham once again showed off his lack of scientific knowledge when he accused Bill Nye of borrowing his view of evolution and cooperation from the Bible. Ham, obviously, sees a problem with any ethical assertion made by scientists because as he says without an authority one cannot know for sure what is right or wrong.Nye, when explaining how nice or “good” people survived through the evolutionary processes said, “what we feel is a result of evolution. Our ancestors who were anti-social jerks … [Read more...]

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Kentucky bill looks to extend summer vacation to promote creationism

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Kentucky senators have introduced a new bill, SB-50 that would "require schools to schedule the first student attendance day no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26, unless a school has adopted a year-round calendar."As I reported back in August of 2015, Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset had proposed such a bill to help extend the vacation season to bring more attention to the forthcoming Ark Encounter.“Grant County is set to become a maj … [Read more...]

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New Ark Encounter commercial features real animals, something the park does not

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In a hilarious new commercial for the Ark Encounter, people are seen staring in awe at animals walking around in pairs as though this is a groundbreaking concept.Well, aside from the fact you can do this around the world on Safaris and inside zoos, it is also worth pointing out the one place you can't do this is actually at the Ark Encounter which will only feature stuffed animals.The false advertising starts now!Also, is this where the money is being wasted on the still underfunded … [Read more...]

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