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Ky. Creationist Ministry Files Lawsuit Over Tax Funding For ‘Ark Park’

The creationist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) filed a lawsuit last month against Kentucky officials, asserting that the state’s refusal to extend tax aid to the sectarian project amounts to discrimination.

The lawsuit, Ark Encounter v. Stewart, comes in the wake of a decision by officials with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet in December not to extend $18 million in tax incentives to Ark Encounter, an AiG theme park planned for northern Kentucky that will feature a giant rendition of Noah’s Ark. Read more

Subsidies Sunk

After years of complaints by Americans United about Kentucky’s ongoing taxpayer assistance for Ark Encounter, a Christian fundamentalist theme park being built by the creationist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG), state officials finally got the message. Read more

A Troubled Voyage: Ky. ‘Ark Park’ Never Deserved Taxpayer Aid

Officials in Kentucky have decided not to grant $18 million in tax incentives to a fundamentalist theme park called “Ark Encounter” that promotes creationist ideas and biblical literalism.

That’s good news.

The bad news is that this project was ever considered a suitable candidate for public support. For years, the so-called “Ark Park,” a project of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG), appeared to be sailing smoothly toward a taxpayer-funded windfall. That should not have happened. Read more

Boatload Of Lies: Ark Encounter Gave Ky. Officials Inflated Attendance Projections

Americans United has long been skeptical that Ark Encounter, a proposed theme park in Kentucky that will feature a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark, could ever live up to the enormous projected attendance figures claimed by its leadership in order to secure public assistance. As it turns out, the numbers submitted by Ark Encounter were indeed wildly inflated. Read more

Late-Breaking News: Ky. Rejects ‘Ark Park’ Funding

As this issue of Church & State went to press, officials in Kentucky announced that they will not offer tax incentives to a controversial theme park proposed by the creationist ministry Answers in Genesis. The officials said giving tax aid to the evangelistic park would violate the separation of church and state.

Look for more details in the February issue of Church & State. Read more

Bluegrass Bonanza: Ky. Officials Reject ‘Ark Park’s’ Request For $18 Million Tax Rebate

It’s a Christmas miracle! After years of complaints by Americans United about Kentucky’s ongoing taxpayer assistance for a Christian fundamentalist theme park, state officials finally said they will not offer the project generous tax subsidies. Read more

Americans United Welcomes Ky. Officials’ Decision Not To Award Public Funding To ‘Ark Park’

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Project Is Evangelistic In Nature

A proposed theme park based on the story of Noah’s Ark will not receive tax incentives from the state of Kentucky, officials announced today.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the move.

“This project was never a good candidate for public funding,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Its purpose is to promote fundamentalist Christianity, and it should be funded with private contributions from believers.”
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In Bad Company: ‘Ark Park’ Mastermind To Headline Conference Organized By Group Tied To Neo-Confederates

Ken Ham, president of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis, has sold Kentucky lawmakers on the idea that a religious theme park featuring a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark deserves taxpayer dollars because it will create jobs. Read more

‘Ark Park’ In Ky. Receives Approval For Tax Breaks

A proposed creationist theme park, the “Ark Encounter,” has received preliminary approval for tax rebates from Kentucky’s state tourism board. The rebates would total nearly $18 million, approximately 25 percent of the park’s total budget.

The Associated Press reported that the park (often informally called the “Ark Park”), is being bankrolled by a subsidiary of Answers in Genesis, a creationist ministry. Mike Zorvath, who co-founded the project, told the AP that the park is intended to “present the gospel” to visitors. Read more

Rocking The Boat: Fundamentalist Ministry Head Responds To AU’s ‘Ark Park’ Criticisms

For years, Americans United has been critical of attempts by local and state lawmakers in Kentucky to provide financial assistance to Ark Encounter, a proposed theme park that would feature a 510-foot replica of Noah’s Ark. Now Ken Ham, head of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG), which is spearheading the project, finally responded to AU’s criticisms. Read more

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