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The ‘Ark Park’ Fiasco: Authentic Faith And The Perils Of Government ‘Help’

Thanks to a misguided federal court ruling, Kentucky taxpayers will soon be footing the bill for a package of tax incentives designed to prop up an evangelistic theme park based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark.

Americans United has followed the saga of the so-called “Ark Park” for years. The attraction sprang from the mind of Ken Ham, a creationist who decided it would be a good idea to build a large replica of Noah’s Ark in Grant County, Ky.

Scheduling Snafu: Ky. Lawmakers Want To Extend Summer Vacation So Kids Can Attend A Fundamentalist Christian Theme Park

Although Kentucky officials rightly rejected up to $18 million in tax rebates for an overtly religious theme park last year, it seems some state lawmakers are still hell bent on doing everything in their power to offer public assistance to that attraction.  

Time For An Intervention

The Rev. Chris Caldwell has no problem with the fundamentalist Christian ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) spread­ing its message – but he sees no reason why he should have to pay for it.

That’s why Caldwell, pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Louis­ville, Ky., joined with Americans Uni­ted March 30 in an attempt to legally intervene in a lawsuit dealing with possible taxpayer funding of AiG.

Americans United Seeks To Intervene In ‘Ark Park’ Tax Incentive Lawsuit

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Kentucky Officials Were Right To Deny Taxpayer Funds For Evangelistic Project

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing four Kentucky taxpayers, two of whom are ordained Christian ministers, seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis (AiG), a fundamentalist Christian ministry that is suing a Kentucky office that denied it tax incentives.

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.

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.

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