We were alerted to this by one of our clandestine operatives, who has been working full time investigating the Ark Encounter project planned by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Most of you already know the background for this story. If you don’t, it’s in our last post on this topic: Ken Ham’s Ark May Be Sinking. Here are some excerpts from the Courier-Journal story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
State tourism officials will not grant development incentives for a proposed Noah’s ark theme park in Northern Kentucky, arguing that it violates the separation of church and state. The state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said in a letter Wednesday that the Ark Encounter project has evolved from a tourist attraction into a ministry that seeks to advance religion and intends to discriminate with religious-based hiring.
We’re confident that ol’ Hambo will take this information calmly. The news story also says:
“State tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination or otherwise be used to advance religion,” Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart wrote in the letter. “The use of state incentives in this way violates the separation of church and state provisions of the Constitution and is therefore impermissible.” The letter says the state will “take no further action” on the application.
There’s more to the story, but that’s the guts of it. In closing, all we can say is BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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