I know Answers in Genesis (the group behind the Creation Museum) is dedicated to denying reality, but it’s still surprising when its leaders play up that ignorance beyond science. In case you need a reminder, they were recruiting employees for their for-profit “Ark Encounter” theme park who were required to sign a statement of faith. In other words, there was a “No Jews Allowed” stamp right on the applications.
For that reason, state officials rescinded a tax break worth up to $18 million.
It’s been nearly a year, and the Creationists still don’t understand what they did wrong.
Writing an op-ed for Grant County News (that’s not online yet), Mark Looy, the group’s Chief Communications Officer, claims this is all just another instance of Christian persecution:
It is well established in the law — and simply makes good sense — that religious entities are permitted to give employment preference to adherents of their own faith. Since the Ark Encounter is owned and operated by our Christian organization, it is allowed to avail itself of these provisions of the law just as every other religious entity in Kentucky. Without these statutes, no church or religious organization would be able to maintain it’s identity or any consistency in it’s message.
That’s true. Churches can hire people who practice their faith. For-profit businesses that want government support are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion. It’s that simple. And Looy refuses to accept it.
Another lingering myth suggests that since our project has a religious theme, it should somehow make it ineligible for participation in Kentucky’s Tourism Development Act incentives program.
First of all, no one’s spreading that myth. In fact, Kentucky officials were ready to give a tax break for Ark Encounter despite its religious theme. They only said no when Answers in Genesis posted a theme park job listing that required applicants to sign a statement of faith.
Are you getting the idea here?
Because Looy isn’t.
The real reason the state ultimately withdrew its initial approval of the Ark Encounter project is because a few anti-Christian groups registered their opposition and applied political pressure. The state’s resulting action was not only unfair to AiG, it was unlawful.
Bull. Shit. (If only non-Christian groups had that sort of political clout!)
I’ll say it again: Answers in Genesis lost its tax break because it refused to play by the state’s rules. Church/state separation groups had nothing to do with it.
How many times do we need to repeat the facts before it sinks in for these Creationists?
Maybe that’s a silly question. We’ve been trying to explain science to them for decades and they keep deflecting that, too.