Secular victory: No tax breaks for Ken Ham’s Ark Park
December 10, 2014 by Michael Stone 2 Comments
In a victory for science, secular values, and the separation of church and state, Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of $18 million in tax breaks for Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark theme park.
The good news means Kentucky taxpayers will not be forced to subsidize an evolution denying Creationist theme park being built by Christian fundamentalists hoping to indoctrinate children with ignorant, discredited religious superstitions.
Kentucky Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart says the planned project has evolved from a tourism attraction into an outreach for the Christian ministry that is building it. Stewart said:
“state tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination.”
Stewart said the Ark Encounter religious themed park changed from a tourist attraction to a Christian ministry, so state tax incentives cannot go to support it. He also said the group was no longer honoring its pledge to not discriminate in hiring for the Ark Park.