Bad news for science, secular values, and the separation of church and state.
Kentucky taxpayers will be forced to subsidize an evolution-denying, Creationist theme park being built by Christian fundamentalists hoping to indoctrinate children with ignorant, discredited religious superstitions.
According to reports, a state board has quietly approved tax incentives worth $18 million for Ken Ham’s controversial Noah’s Ark theme park due to open this summer.
Lexington Herald Leader reports the tax break was initially approved in 2014, but was later canceled after tourism officials learned that the theme park would hire only Christians.
However, Ark Encounter officials sued the state in federal court, saying the state’s decision to withhold the tax break violated its free speech, and in an inexplicable and disappointing decision, they won.
The long-planned Noah’s Ark theme park being built in northern Kentucky is a biblical-themed amusement park that will feature a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark.
The planned Christian theme park will be dedicated to indoctrinating children with ridiculous and discredited claims from the dubious field of “creation science,” claims such as the earth is only 6,000-years-old, that human beings and dinosaurs lived on the earth at the same time, and that the story of Noah’s Ark is true.
The Noah’s Ark theme park is scheduled to open July 7.
The $18 million tax break is ridiculous, and an insult to science, the separation of church and state, and the secular values upon which this nation was founded.
Kentucky taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize Ken Ham’s evolution denying Creationist theme park. The park discriminates against non-Christians; and attempts to deceive children and others about the nature of science, and the world in which we live.
Bottom line: taxpayer’s money should never be used to fund religious indoctrination.