Governor Steve Beshear has been taking some heat over his support for state tourism development incentives for a proposed creationism theme park in Northern Kentucky. Critics insist this would be an unacceptable breach of the separation between church and state, but I don't see why we should treat this business differently than the many others that have received incentives in the past.
Because the proposed park is a business. Not a non-profit, such as a church, but a business intended to generate profits and pay taxes. A business that will create jobs and grow the tax base. And a business that hopes to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists – and their money -- to the Commonwealth.
With all those potential economic benefits to the state, why wouldn't the Governor want to help make it happen?
Will a theme park based on the literal theory of creationism succeed? I don't know. And for this argument, I don't favor any single religious view over another. But if it turns out a lot of people really do want to spend their vacation dollars checking out recreations of Noah's Ark and the Tower of Babel, I'd sure rather have them spend those dollars here than in another state.
As long as the park meets the legal standards required of any other for-profit business, I say the incentives are OK. But what's your opinion? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.