In 2011, long before ground was broken on Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark theme park, the general manager of Answers in Genesis, Mike Zovath, was asked by a resident in Grant County if residents would get first dibs on the new jobs being created. That would certainly have increased local support for the multi-million dollar attraction.
Zovath’s answer wasn’t exactly in the affirmative:
“We would like to hire local folks, but we have to follow state and federal laws regarding hiring and are not able to give preferential treatment. That would be considered discrimination. If you’re qualified, apply for a job.”
It appears that he was giving a roundabout answer only because AiG had every intention to only hire Christians. If that meant local folks, great. But if people who didn’t live in the county shared their Young Earth Creationist worldview, they would be preferred over local residents who didn’t.
Last month, we posted about how the initial batch of new jobs required applicants to sign a Statement of Faith.
They just posted the positions for seasonal workers on the Ark Encounter website and it’s no different over there. When I applied for a job last night — my baby likes to eat — I had to agree to the Statement of Faith before submitting my application:
In case you need a reminder, here’s what people are agreeing to when signing the Statement of Faith:
- The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God.
- The great Flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and effect.
- The special creation of Adam (the first man) and Eve (the first woman), and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind.
- Scripture teaches a recent origin for man and the whole creation, spanning approximately 4,000 years from creation to Christ.
- The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six  consecutive twenty-four  hour days of creation.
- The only legitimate marriage sanctioned by God is the joining of one naturally born man and one naturally born woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other, and has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s gender, or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God.
Looks like I’ll have to find work elsewhere.
Keep in mind these are not ministry-related positions. We’re talking about people managing the parking lot, taking care of housekeeping, driving a shuttle, overseeing the zoo animals, etc. They all have to sign these statements of faith.
Ken Ham doesn’t see this as a big deal.
But remember: The initial support for Ark Encounter came from people in the community who believed it would mean more job opportunities for them. They didn’t know at the time it came with a very important caveat: Rational people who dismiss Young Earth Creationism would be automatically rejected.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Dan for the link)