Bristol Palin claims the Ark Encounter lost its tax incentive for being ‘too Religious’

Bristol Palin claims the Ark Encounter lost its tax incentive for being ‘too Religious’ January 2, 2015
Photo: Answers in Genesis / Ark Encounter
Photo: Answers in Genesis / Ark Encounter

Bristol Palin, daughter of “maverick” politician Sarah Palin has decided to weigh in on the Ark Encounter tax incentive debacle on her Patheos blog recently.

Palin wrote,

I just get so sick of hearing about the “separation of church and state.” Because it usually means the state is pushing Christians around.

She then dove into the latest example of such “pushing around” in which she explains to readers why the Ark Encounter lost its 18 million dollars,

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.

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.

Obviously it’s based on the Bible and no, Bristol, not a single person told them they could not talk about Christianity. Not one single person, ever.

There is no doubt this park is religious themed, but from the get-go the theme has never been the legal issue here. The discriminatory hiring practices of the park have been the issue.

This is one issue Palin never mentions in her ignorant laden blog post. She simply sees the whole thing as an attack on Christianity.

She even follows up with,

I wonder which atheist group complained…

Actually, it was a multi-denominational secular group, led by a minister, who first complained after I had brought the hiring practices to light following a radio interview with Ken Ham.

Palin closes her blog by claiming that,

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.

They may very well build the park, but it will be hard seeing as how they have claimed time and time again they need the $18 million in tax rebates to complete phase two of the project and as of now they have not even raised enough to complete phase one.

And her quip about the law, I have cited this very law in almost every single blog post I have written and the little Palin rug-rat has never bothered once to research any facts around this case.

The law is simple, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website:

Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.

And then plainly states:

The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

And even if they clean up the discriminatory hiring requirements, they are still breaking more state and federal violations.

She has pulled nothing but a play right out of the Ken Ham book of Christian persecution and decided to play the victim card, because no way could Ken Ham ever break the law, even when it is glaringly obvious he is doing so, and believes he has a right to do so.

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