Kentucky gubernatorial candidates weigh in on Ark Encounter tax benefits

Photo: Answers in Genesis

Kentucky's Courier-Journal posted questions and answers with Kentucky's candidates for governor to replace outbound Democrat Steve Beshear who is not eligible to run for re-election.One interesting question posed by the Courier-Journal peaked my interest: Do you favor or oppose extending $18 million in state tax rebates to the Ark Encounter project in Grant County, which has acknowledged it plans to limit its hiring to Christians? Why or why not? And the answers? RepublicansMatt … [Read more...]

Ken Ham says pastors who unite with secularists are ‘intolerant’

10494523_10152583076142418_5043935999784070074_n

In a blog post today by Ken Ham over at Answers in Genesis called Intolerant Pastors Unite with Secularists Against Ark Encounter, Ham attacks the pastors who along with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have filed a motion to intervene in Answers in Genesis' lawsuit against the state of Kentucky.Ham writes: Now, the Americans United for Separation of Church and State is once again attacking AiG’s life-size Noah’s Ark project. It has lodged a motion with a federal court … [Read more...]

A.D. the Series is a mishmash of nonsense

Leon_Bonnat_-_The_Crucifixion

I started watching the series A.D. the other night as I was falling asleep. I only caught about fifteen minutes of it, which was enough for me to take to Twitter and voice some complaints. And, upon the suggestion of my friend Dan Arel, I decided to add some more in-depth commentary on the series.About two minutes after the part I fell asleep to, I started to regret that decision.My first complaint, and one that really needs to be emphasized as it is done the entire episode, is the … [Read more...]

The Ark Encounter is hiring again and still discriminating against applicants

Photo: Ark Encounter, LLC

Some lessons are never learned.After losing $18,000,000 in tax rebates because of discriminatory hiring practices (and then deleting the said job opening which led to the loss) the Ark Encounter is once again hiring a CAD designer.And once again, they are requiring that you sign:Salvation testimony Creation belief statement Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG Statement of FaithThey don't know when to quit. Sure, the tax incentive has come and gone (though they are … [Read more...]

Americans United files motion to intervene in the Ark Encounter Lawsuit

Photo: Answers in Genesis / Ark Encounter

Last night, coupled with four Kentucky taxpayers, two of which are ordained ministers, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has filed a motion to intervene as well as a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis against the state of Kentucky for the denial of an 18 million dollar tax incentive. “A fundamentalist Christian theme park run by a creationist ministry doesn’t deserve any form of public assistance,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Am … [Read more...]

Kentucky Governor asks to have Ark Encounter suit dismissed

Photo: Answers in Genesis

Gov. Beshear has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis's Noah’s Ark theme park, The Ark Encounter over the state’s rejection of tax incentives the park requested.In their request for dismissal on Friday, Beshear and Bob Stewart. secretary of the state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said, “Providing the public funding sought for religious purposes ...would constitute an unlawful establishment of religion” under the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions.The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, the Vatican, and the leniency on sexual abuse

640px-Pope_Francis_in_March_2013_b

Pope Francis; more of the same from the Catholic church.I wish there were another way to state this but, as my last article on him demonstrated, as I would imagine the posts from Dan Arel would show, Francis is the same Pope as any before.Though Francis has made several statements that appear to make him forward thinking, it remains clear that he is not all that progressive. Let alone espousing anything new. He either reiterates positions already held by the Church, or they make … [Read more...]

Ark Encounter officials have filed an injunction with the State of Kentucky

Photo: Ark Encounter promotional material

According to a press release by Answers in Genesis this morning, Ark Encounter officials have asked for an injunction from the state in order to override the blocking of tax incentive money from Gov. Steven Beshear and his tourism secretary. This action takes place even after the organization filed a lawsuit against the state. AiG is asking the court that its rebate application be treated by the state as it would one filed by a non-religious group and go through the approval process without … [Read more...]

Ken Ham uses children to garner support for his Ark Encounter tax lawsuit

Photo: Creation Museum

Still upset after losing a much needed $18 million tax incentive to finish his Ark Encounter project, and just a month after filing a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky over alleged religious discrimination, Ken Ham is attempting to garner support for his cause by exploiting children who obviously do not understand the laws surrounding the states decision.A family in Kentucky sent Ham a package of letters the children are said to have mailed to the state's Governor Steve Beshear."I am … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis files lawsuit against Kentucky

Photo: Ark Encounter promotional material

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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X