Noah’s Ark Theme Park Could Receive More Than $18,000,000 in Tax Breaks from Kentucky Tourism Board

We already know that the folks behind the Creation Museum are working on “Ark Encounter,” a Noah’s Ark-based theme park. Three years ago, they received approval for more than $40,000,000 in possible tax rebates from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority. It was based on the assumption that the park would break ground within three years and cost around $173,000,000 in total.

But none of that ever happened. Despite Ken Ham‘s debate against Bill Nye, they couldn’t raise enough money for the park to break ground. Now, they’re going back to the Tourism board to request tax breaks just on the first phase of building. It’s $100,000,000 less than the previous estimate and could still lead to more than $18,000,000 in tax incentives:

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Ken Ham Opposes Space Exploration Because Aliens Aren’t “Saved”? Here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Brief Response

The highlight of Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher had to be the cutaway to Neil deGrasse Tyson during a joke about how Ken Ham doesn’t think we should spend so much money looking for life on other planets since they haven’t been “saved”:

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Registration for Skepticon 7 Is Now Open

The free, massive, amazing Skepticon conference in Springfield, Missouri takes place November 21-23, and registration is now open! (You’ll want to sign up before all the seats fill up, even though there’s no cost.)

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Always Bring a Smartphone to a Church Service

Bob Smietana recently went to church and did what so many atheists I know have done while sitting in the pews: He doubted something the pastor said and decided to look up the truth right then and there:

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I Made a Big Life Decision the Other Day…

I posted a version of this on my Facebook page yesterday and wanted to share it with readers here, especially those who have been with me since the eBay days.

For the past seven years, I’ve taught at a fantastic high school and coached the most talented students you’ll ever meet on our Speech Team. During that time, my other interests also took off. My website, with the help of Patheos, got much bigger than I ever expected. I helped launch a non-profit that is doing incredible work. I wrote my second book and want to explore that world even more. I began filming videos for what has become a popular YouTube channel. And while I’ve said no to several other projects for the sake of time, it’s come to the point where I can’t juggle everything anymore. Something has to give.

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