Bristol Palin’s acorn clearly didn’t fall far from the Sarah Palin tree, as evidenced by this ignorant and/or dishonest take on the state of Kentucky denying tax incentives for Answers in Genesis’ Noah’s Ark theme park. She gets pretty much every aspect of it completely wrong.
I just get so sick of hearing about the “separation of church and state.” Because it usually means the state is pushing Christians around. Here’s the latest example.
Answers in Genesis is building a life-sized Noah’s Ark in Kentucky and a theme park to go with it. “Ark Encounter” will bring hundreds of jobs and millions of visitors to boost Kentucky’s economy. The state has a program to encourage tourism that refunds sales tax to big parks like this for the first 10 years they’re open. The plans for “Ark Encounter” were approved by the state in 2011 along with the tax credits.
But now, out of the blue, Kentucky officials say they’ve changed their mind! Answers in Genesis won’t be approved for the program unless they agree to hire people who aren’t Christians and unless the exhibit doesn’t talk about Christianity.
Let’s count the false claims, shall we?1. No, that isn’t what separation of church and state means. It’s just that you think losing your ability to impose your religious views on others means you’re being pushed around.
2. No, it wasn’t “out of the blue” that the state pulled the tax credits. It happened because AIG put out a classified ad for a job that explicitly said they would require employees to be Christian. Employment discrimination on the basis of religion is illegal at both the state and federal level and the Kentucky tax incentives program requires that the project comply with that law. In fact, they can’t discriminate on such a basis even without the tax breaks.
3. No, it has nothing to do with what they can talk about at the ark park, only about whether they can refuse to hire non-Christians.
You tell me — Just how is that possible at a park about Noah’s Ark?? It’s obviously going to be based on the Bible! And they knew it.
It isn’t possible because your claim wasn’t true.
Well, AIG’s not taking it. They’re still going to build the park, and probably will have to take this to court to get the credits they were promised. As it turns out, the reasons they’re being denied aren’t even in the law.
Yes, actually, they are. And AIG is going to lose if they go to court and they almost certainly know it.