Yesterday we wrote Ken Ham’s Ark Park Loses Tax Incentives. The state of Kentucky is refusing to grant tax incentives for 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.
Today we have the great man’s reaction in A Great Disappointment to Ark Encounter. Hambo says, with bold font added by us:
Kentucky officials recently announced a great disappointment to the Ark Encounter project. As we state on our news release for today, “Bowing to pressure by secularist groups outside the state, Kentucky officials announced late Wednesday a decision to deny the Ark Encounter theme park an opportunity to participate in a popular tax rebate incentive program offered by the state’s tourism office.”
Will Hambo turn the other cheek? We’ll soon find out. He tells us:
However, construction must continue on the Ark Encounter, and we stand behind our recently announced billboard campaign that boldly states, “You Can’t Sink This Ship.”
Yes — oh yes! — construction must continue! Let’s read on:
Our construction has already begun at the Williamstown, Kentucky, site, and it must proceed. We are fully prepared to defend our fundamental rights in court if necessary, as this issue is of huge importance, not only to us, but to every religious organization.
No, Hambo won’t turn the other cheek. What a man! He continues:
You can read our news release here. Please pray with us as we evaluate our legal options in light of the state’s action.
The news release says:
Two public interest law firms, Freedom Guard and the Center for Religious Expression, have agreed to represent AiG in the matter. “The legal question here has already been answered unequivocally by the courts,” said Mike Johnson, Chief Counsel of Freedom Guard. “No state is allowed to treat religious organizations less favorably than other organizations who seek to avail themselves of a facially neutral economic incentive program. Just because some state officials may not agree with the message of a Christian organization does not mean that organization and its member can be censored or treated as second-class citizens.”
AiG is currently evaluating its legal options in the wake of the state’s actions, and will announce its decision within the next several days.
You can read the whole news release if you like. Here’s more from Hambo’s blog:
At the end of the day, our case and our message here are very simple, and are based upon the fundamental principle in federal and state law that government officials are not permitted to show hostility towards religion or to treat religious individuals and groups as second-class citizens. The Constitution requires the state to deal with Christians on the same equal basis that it treats everybody else.
The rest of Hambo’s blog article is a couple of letters, one which he sent to the state, and one which he received from them. Nothing new there.
It looks like Hambo won’t give up without a fight. That’s great! We look forward to it.
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