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Ky. ‘Ark Park’ Flip-Flops Over Tax Status Amid Ticket-Fee Dispute

An effort to dodge a local tax led the owners of the Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky to flip-flop from being a for-profit endeavor to a nonprofit, and back again, over the course of a month.

The Noah’s-Ark-themed attraction founded by Australian creationist Ken Ham balked at the town of Williamstown’s plan to add a 50-cent surcharge onto the price of each Ark Encounter ticket. Tickets at the park cost $28 to $40, and city officials said the safety fee was intended to raise an estimated $700,000 per year to help pay for fire, police and other emergency services.

Ky. Approves Bill Promoting Public School Bible Classes

In late June, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signed into law HB 128, which allows public schools to offer a Bible class as an elective. 

According to the bill, the elective should “provide to students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory, and public policy.”

After Raking In Various Government Subsidies For His ‘Ark Park,’ Ken Ham Refuses To Pay A Modest Safety Tax

When Australian evangelist and creationist Ken Ham decided he wanted to open Ark Encounter, a theme park centered on a rendition of Noah’s Ark in northern Kentucky, he was quick to point out that the facility would be a for-profit enterprise.

The Supreme Court Took Three Important Actions Today. Here’s What They Mean For Church-State Separation.

The U.S. Supreme Court went out of session this morning and did so with a bang. The high court took three actions that affect church-state separation.

Here’s a rundown on what happened:

Trinity Lutheran v. Comer: Americans United has been warning for more than a year that it could erode the church-state wall. The ruling is harmful – but not as bad as it might have been.

Ky. Wants ‘In Year Of Our Lord’ On Documents

Kentucky legislators in the Senate and House passed resolutions that would urge including the phrase “In the Year of Our Lord” to date the chambers’ resolutions and floor citations.

On March 30, the General Assembly passed House Resolution 218 and Senate Resolution 294 in the final days of the legislative session.

State Sen. Albert Robinson (R), who sponsored the Senate measure, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that “it’s important for us to go back to the basics of our U.S. and state constitutions that used that phrase.

Ken Ham’s Creationist ‘Ark Park’ Isn’t Doing So Well, So Naturally He Wants To Expand

The Washington Post recently ran a long story about Ark Encounter, the Williamstown, Ky., creationist attraction founded by Ken Ham, who leads the fundamentalist Religious Right organization Answers in Genesis. Although some readers found the story to be oddly sympathetic to Ham, some interesting tidbits are found in it. 

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