Ham: No Tax Breaks Makes Christians ‘Second Class Citizens’

Ken Ham continues to blather on ignorantly about how terribly unfair it is that the state of Kentucky isn’t going to give him $18 million in tax breaks so he can engage in illegal discrimination (after initially lying and saying he wouldn’t do so).

Ham said that the rights of all people of faith are at stake in his case. “If we don’t do something about this it’s like the old idea of the frog in the water that you can boil it up and boil it to death and it doesn’t you’re doing it because it keeps accommodating to the temperature around it,” he told Parshall. “If Christians just keep accommodating and allowing this to happen more and more, we will lose that free exercise of religion.”

“It’s more and more of that trying to eliminate the Christian freedom that we have in this nation,” he said.

Let’s imagine a slightly different scenario. A company goes to the state of Kentucky and says they want to open a theme park, which will create lots of jobs and bring money into the state economy. The company asks for millions of dollars in tax breaks in order to do this, but says they will only hire white people, or only hire men. The state, of course, says no because that type of discrimination is flatly illegal under both state and federal law. The CEO of that company then screams, “Oh my god, we’re being persecuted for our beliefs! We have sincerely held religious beliefs and they’re violating them by forcing us not to discriminate!” There is absolutely no legal difference whatsoever between these two scenarios.

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  • dannorth

    And by second class citizens he means just like everyone else.

  • John Pieret

    The company asks for millions of dollars in tax breaks in order to do this, but says they will only hire white people, or only hire men.

    Lubavitch Hasidism?

  • Al Dente

    Ham is appealing to the need of many Christians, particularly fundamentalists like him, to feel persecuted when they don’t get their way. Ham is whining just like a small child who’s told he can’t have a cookie just before supper.

  • raven

    IMO Ham is lying here and using imaginary persecution as part of a fund raising effort.

    1. The tax break reduces the sales tax 1.5% to 4.5%. It comes off the gross revenues.

    If your profit margin is only 1.5%, you aren’t viable anyway. Theme parks have profit margins in the 10-15% range.

    2. From Pandasthumb, it does seem like they are actually moving dirt with bulldozers. IIRC, the plan now is to build the Fake Boat and then finish the 10 Plagues and Midianite genocide features later.

  • dingojack

    ‘No tax breaks and Ken Ham, makes Jack a whiney Fundie…’ [Repeat ad infinitum].

    :) Dingo

  • marcus

    He will probably make more money from milking masturbating the outrage engendered by the (soon to be often) persecution of the religious, by taking away their implicit and explicit privileges, than he was ever going to make on that silly-ass boat.

  • lorn

    To the favored parties the loss of privilege feels a lot like discrimination. It isn’t the same thing. Change is painful, even when it is right, good and healthy for the society.

    Reminds me of having a bone reset. It hurts, but it is also necessary. It is only after the fact that you are glad it was done.

  • anubisprime

    Hambone tried to scam the legislature, it failed…he is just bitchin’ cos he got busted for it.

    AiG, no doubt, can pay to get a whole bucket full of ‘godly’ lawyers on the case, any legal representation in this spat seems rather quite otherwise this would be splashed everywhere and incessantly about unfair state interference and anti god shenanigans, this faux outrage then is only from the scam artist himself, probably designed to crow bar a few bucks from the jeebus soaked in sympathy…language like ‘discrimination’ and warning about the ungodly trying to ‘eliminate’ christian freedom is just window dressing, but Hambone knows the the flashy lights in his presentation of christian privilege under fire , bring in the brain dead to the clarion call complete with wallets…

    It is highly doubtful that his ‘vision’ will ever truly surface, most preparations appear to be scene settings and if it does eventually get to the stage of opening doors it could not ever be fiscally viable without tax breaks…even donations would dry after a time cos there are not enough creationist cretins available to bank roll the nonsense for an extended period.

    More like the game play is to try and set it up roughly then whine copiously to the media about christian oppression means they have to close it down, then sit back until a company with a chick-o-fill attitude rolls up and decides their demographic would improve their credentials and profits from the jeebus legions in that demographic if they could point to their jebussyness by ‘saving a monument to the fuckin’ cretinous.’

    That the whole shebang would be a loss maker means he is angling for a international to absorb any losses…the clue will be what is behind the outward facade when and if ever ‘finished’….it would most likely be duct tape, cardboard and string, selling the image to the gullible not the substance…to be honest the whole project is fucked really…Hambone is after publicity and cash…but not for no stinkin’ theme park!

  • dugglebogey

    Let’s imagine a slightly different scenario. A company goes to the state of Kentucky and says they want to open a theme park, which will create lots of jobs and bring money into the state economy. The company asks for millions of dollars in tax breaks in order to do this, but says they will only hire white people, or only hire men.

    The state would reply, “try Oklahoma.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002686842900 ChristineRose

    I believe his argument comes down to “Because we have the special privilege of being exempt from prohibitions against religious discrimination in hiring, we should also have the special privilege of being exempt from prohibitions against religious discrimination in hiring while receiving tax breaks.”