Even by Kentucky standards, it was stunning. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Evangelical Right to announce a $37 Million tithe in tax incentives to finance a creationist theme park named “Ark Encounter.”
Following the inevitable outrage over this latest ladder over the Wall of Separation between Church and State, the quick thinking state executive came up with a novel rationalization for giving away state money to the church — jobs, of course. “The people of Kentucky didn’t elect me governor to debate religion,” Beshear said. “They elected me governor to create jobs.” I suspect they didn’t elect him to finance religion either, but what do I know? The park is expected to draw 1.6 million
yahoos visitors a year and bring 900 new jobs.
The $150 million project is the brainchild of The Answers in Genesis (AIG) group, who brought us the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky in 2007, and Ark Encounter, LLC. At the Creation Museum, one can see those frolicking raptors nuzzling cave children and you can even saddle up your own triceratops. All very Biblical, and according to AIG, the next generation Ark-Park will include “a walled city, … a replica of the Tower of Babel with exhibits, a 500-seat 5-D special effects theater, an aviary, and a first-century Middle Eastern village.”
Who could ask for anything more from a historical park? True history you say! Tut, tut, we are in the Age of Miracles and all things are possible. Just listen to an AIG representative when asked if dinosaurs will be depicted on Noah’s Ark.
No word yet on unicorns!
Source: Miami Herald
–Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger