Help Wanted: Ark Encounter Seeks Millions More From Taxpayers, A Few of Whom Might Get Jobs If They Bring Their Creation Belief Statement
This week's Chutzpah Award goes to creationist kingpin Ken Ham, who has tentatively bamboozled another $18 million in tax incentives from Kentucky for the "state-of-the-art" Noah's Ark he wants to add to his Creation Museum, which is financially struggling despite the up to $100 million he's already gotten in subsidies and tax breaks and the Screaming Raptor Zip Lines he added as a last godless resort. For critics, the blatant crossing of lines in the constitutionally protected separation of church and state was bad enough; says one, "Let these folks build their fundamentalist Disneyland without government help." Now, it seems that Ham's parent company Answers in Genesis also discriminates against anyone who doesn't entirely agree that God made the world in six days and on the seventh She declared homosexuality an abomination while riding a dinosaur. Because working for AIG is deemed not just a job but "a ministry," anyone applying must testify they abide by their Statement of Faith, declaring that the Bible is "the written word of God....divinely inspired and inerrant throughout...(whose) assertions are factually true." "Prepare to Believe" is the museum's catchy slogan. Prepare to believe that local officials who have slashed education and other vital services still reflexively, mindlessly jump at the mention of that holy grail, jobs, no matter how bogus or discriminatory.
"I'm certainly a big supporter of Ark Encounter," said Grant County Judge Darrell Link. "If they wanted to build a replica of Donald Duck and it would bring in 5,000 people a day I would be just as eagerly supporting Donald Duck as I support the ark. But people don't relate to Donald Duck like they do this age-old story of Noah."