In a video and statement released today by Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham alongside attorney Mike Johnson announced the organizations plan to file a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky over its refusal to grant AiG an 18 million dollar tax incentive after it was discovered that the organizations for-profit company, The Ark Encounter was discriminating against employees based on religious preference, a clear violation of both state and federal laws.
However, the forever delusional minds of those behind AiG and the genocidal themed Ark Encounter see things differently,
The lawsuit explains how this action by Kentucky officials, including Gov. Steve Beshear, violates federal and state law and amounts to unlawful viewpoint discrimination.
And Ham explains that they have tried reasoning with the state to no avail,
“Our organization spent many months attempting to reason with state officials so that this lawsuit would not be necessary,” said AiG president Ken Ham. “However, the state was so insistent on treating our religious entity as a second-class citizen that we were simply left with no alternative but to proceed to court. This is the latest example of increasing government hostility towards religion in America, and it’s certainly among the most blatant.”
Yet Ham does not mention that Gov. Beshear and state officials have been in favor of and publicly supported the project from the very beginning, yet this does not mean as state officials they can simply turn a blind eye to discrimination.
What Ham and his organization is doing is illegal and they got caught and now they are upset and lashing out. Had AiG set the Ark Encounter up as a religious non-profit they would be allowed to use a religious litmus test upon hiring employees, however they would not be eligible for the tax incentives they are seeking.
Ham blames secularists and anti-Christians for the states decision, and while he is correct, secular groups did apply pressure, he continues to misunderstand what the issue was,
Yet Americans United, the key organization in this pressure is not anti-Christian and its Executive Director Barry Lynn is a Christian minister. Ham is also wrong about his organizations “statutory right” to discriminate. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website:
After Kentucky granted preliminary approval in 2014 for AiG to receive a rebate of some of the new state sales taxes the Ark will generate after it opens in 2016, secularist organizations exerted tremendous pressure on state officials to rescind the approval. Anti-Christian groups objected to AiG’s statutory right to limit its hiring to people of the Christian faith, and to the content of the messages that will be presented at the Bible-themed park.
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.
It could not be laid out more clearly. Ham insists on calling the Ark Encounter a religious organization yet set it up as a secular for-profit. He is refusing to choose one over the other and him and even his lawyer fail to understand the law, or perhaps simply do not care.
This is nothing but Ken Ham wanting his cake and eating it too. He believes because he is a Christian he is entitled to special privileges in this country and is in for a harsh reality when he takes his very weak case before the courts.
I for one welcome this lawsuit as I believe it is time Ham learns his place in this country and that he is not entitled to the special rights he believes. He came to this country under the false pretense that the US is a Christian Nation and that he would be able to act freely and avoid any laws he didn’t agree with while hiding behind his religion.
He couldn’t be more wrong and it is time he learned that lesson.
If you wish to watch the whole 24-minute video, you can below.