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Bad Breakfast: AU Tells Ky. Officials To Stop Promoting Religious Event

Government officials can and do sponsor and promote various public events. Job fairs, educational seminars and town hall meetings are just a few examples. When these events occur, government officials often go out of their way to make sure people know about them and urge them to attend.

Can they do the same with a prayer breakfast? Read more

A Flood Of Foolishness: Creationist Critic Tries To Sink Barry Lynn’s ‘Ark Park’ Video

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn’s light-hearted video about Kentucky’s proposed “Ark Park” has proven to be quite a hit. AU’s Facebook fans reacted positively, and the clip has nearly 5,000 views (and climbing) on You Tube. (If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look.) Read more

A Flood Of Anti-Science Sentiment: What The ‘Ark Park’ Says About Kentucky

If you’re a regular reader of “The Wall of Separation,” you know that we’ve written several posts on the so-called “Ark Park” planned for Grant County, Ky.

State officials have agreed to give more than $40 million in various forms of tax breaks and incentives to a group of Christian fundamentalist entrepreneurs who want to build a type of theme park centered around a replica of Noah’s Ark. Among the backers is Answers in Genesis, a prominent creationist ministry run by Ken Ham. Read more

Pious Pandering: Ky. Politicians Are Using Religion To Appeal To Voters

Is being a foe of church-state separation a prerequisite to being elected in Kentucky? How else can you explain all the work Kentucky government officials have done in the past two months to chip away at the church-state wall?

Yesterday, in the latest anti-separation move, the Kentucky Senate passed a measure that would mandate creation of an official Bible curriculum for Kentucky’s public schools. Read more

‘Science Guy’ Speaks Out: Bill Nye Says Nay To Anti-Evolution Crusade, As Bills Pop Up In The States

With Darwin Day (Feb. 12) just around the corner, scientists, educators and citizens across the world are gearing up to celebrate the birth of Charles Darwin and his contributions to science.

As Bill Nye “The Science Guy” recently put it, teachers’ reluctance to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution is “horrible.” Scientific advances that benefit everyone could be at risk if students don’t learn sound science. Read more

State Plate Grates: Kentucky Government Proposes ‘In God We Trust’ License Tags

There is trouble brewing in Kentucky once again. This time, the state government plans to offer new license plates for those who want to outwardly express their belief in God.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced plans to make available two standard-issue license plates next year – the traditional one that uses the state slogan “Unbridled Spirit,” and a new one that adds the words “In God We Trust.” Read more

Ark Park Update: Ky. Gov. Says State Won’t Allow Job Bias – But That’s Not Enough

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at least has one thing right: taxpayers should never be required to fund discrimination.

Earlier this month, Beshear outraged scientists, civil liberties activists and, indeed, lots of people who care about reasonable and responsible government, with his plan to provide tax incentives for the developers of a creationism-themed park featuring a full-size rendering of Noah’s ark. Read more

Ark Park Earmark: Kentucky Governor Floats Religion-Funding Scheme

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear thinks it’s a good idea for his state to be the home of Noah’s Ark – one that will include dinosaurs!

Beshear announced yesterday his plan to provide tax incentives to the developers of a creationism theme park that will feature a replica of the well-known biblical boat. Read more

Kentucky Triumph: State Supreme Court Blocks Public Funding Of Baptist University

The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down an important church-state decision yesterday – one that ended in a victory for Americans United and our allies.

The court ruled that $10 million in state funds could not be awarded to the University of the Cumberlands (UC), a school affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In a 5-2 decision, the court said awarding government funds to a religious institution violates the Kentucky Constitution’s clear ban on tax aid to “any church, sectarian or denominational school.” Read more

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