No, I am not a Young Earth Creationist – I take Scripture too seriously to be one. And I have been against this fiasco since the beginning, altogether thankful they didn’t bring it West Virginia.
But this is a hoot.
Tax incentives for the Noah’s Ark theme park in Northern Kentucky are in jeopardy over the state’s concern about possible religious discrimination in hiring, records obtained by The Courier-Journal show.
“The Commonwealth doesn’t believe that Ark Encounter, LLC will be complying with state and Federal law in its hiring practices,” Bob Stewart, secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, said in an Aug. 27 letter to an Ark Encounter attorney.
My dear, misguided, but nevertheless Christian friend Tony Breeden has become an expert in wordplay. He takes issue with my allowance that what Kentucky has done in supporting the Ark Encounters, replete with KJV-Onlyism’s unicorns, has in fact hurt education in that state. He writes, in part,
To give an example, a misguided theology student here in Appalachia made the following statement after reading that HuffPo article:
“Honestly… a 43$ million dollar tax cut and a 11$ million dollar interstate interchange… Wow… Of course, I guess if you actually want people to believe in unicorns, you need to cut funds to education…”
Note that he too simply re-gurgitated the misinformation that the HuffPo article. His unicorn comment refers back to Barry Lynn’s Ark Snark video which willfully misrepresented Answers in Genesis’ position that the Biblical term unicorn likely refers to a real creature, but something more akin to a rhinoceros than the fairy tale creature of pop culture. I submitted a comment to his site, noting where he’s repreated misinformation, but he has as yet neither published the comment nor corrected his post.
Okay… so the bit about unicorns… That’s not what the word actually says in Hebrew. I’ve checked with actual Hebrew scholars.
Further, like Tony does with science, he simply misses the dots in what everyone is saying.
Let me break it down…
First, a budget was approved to create a $11 million dollar interstate interchange for a park which no one knows if it will ever actually be built, but if it is built, then they will get $43 million dollars in tax credits. Now, the 11 million for the interstate-exchange-to-nowhere (c) is being funded in a budget that is facing cuts in other areas due to Kentucky’s poor economic state.
So… if you don’t have the budget to fully fund public education, then you shouldn’t have the budget to fund a interstate-exchange-to-nowhere (c). However, the Governor of Kentucky is robbing, to borrow a cliche, Peter to pay Paul. Just think of it this way: If that interstate-exchange-to-nowhere (c)’s $11 million dollars weren’t being spent on concrete, then it could be spent on education.
Being a Young Earth Creationist doesn’t make you a scientist nor, obviously, does it make you an expert in government budgets.
Take it from me – one who actually has to deal with government budgets….
I mean, teachers and education, why… they just get in the way of Creationism…
The city of Williamstown in Grant County has agreed to give a biblically themed amusement park a property tax discount of 75 percent over the next 30 years.
Mayor Rick Skinner said the offer is laid out in a memorandum of agreement that will be followed by a formal tax-increment financing deal with Petersburg-based Ark Encounters LLC in coming months.
The tax deal is in addition to almost $200,000 given to the company by Grant County’s economic development arm as an enticement to keep the project located there, along with 100 acres of reduced-price land.
The property tax agreement means the Ark Encounter would pay 25 percent of the taxes due on 800 acres of property that is eventually expected to be worth $150 million. Most local property taxes are used to finance Williamstown Independent Schools.