Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is forcing unmarried employees to sign a chastity pledge.
Fox13Now reports that all prospective employees for Ken Ham’s new Ark Encounter theme park must sign a statement promising not to engage in premarital sex.
According to reports, all Ark Encounter employees are required to sign a statement of faith, disavowing homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and premarital sex.
In addition, employees must affirm that they believe in Biblical creationism, and reject accepted scientific accounts on the age and origin of Earth and its inhabitants.
Ark Encounter employees are expected to believe that God created the Earth in six days and six nights, and that dinosaurs, along with tigers and camels and other animals, roamed the Earth alongside Adam and Eve. In addition, they must reject the overwhelming scientific evidence that the Earth is 4.5 billion years-old and that fossilized dinosaur bones date back roughly 65 million years.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that this anti-science, anti-intellectual, Christian theme park is receiving $18 million in sales tax incentives. Thus, taxpayers are subsidizing destructive and misleading Christian propaganda designed to deceive children and others about the scientific realities of our world.
Many recognize that the state should not be subsidizing the Ark Park. Speaking for many, Baptist minister Bob Fox notes:
I believe, as a Baptist, in the separation of Church and State and I don’t think that the state ought to be involved in promoting any particular religious views. There’s kinds of laws called ‘Sharia,’ where people have used legislation and the government to promote a religious faith, and I think we as Christians need to be careful that we continue to be Christian, and to be Christian in the context of the United States.
The Christian theme park is 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.
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: The chastity pledge is but one of many insults Ark Encounter employees must endure. Indeed, by asking employees to sign a pledge denying scientific reality in favor of Christian mythology, employees are being forced to commit intellectual suicide. In addition, by working at the park, employees are forced to participate in the immoral attempt to deceive children and others by promoting false Christian mythology as scientific reality.