POV | Ark Encounter deserves no government subsidy
When plans were first announced in 2010 to build a creationism theme park in Northern Kentucky, I supported Governor Steve Beshear's plan to seek state tourism development incentives for the project.
Tuesday, January 6th 2015, 3:39 pm EST
Tuesday, January 6th 2015, 4:23 pm EST
When plans were first announced in 2010 to build a creationism theme park in Northern Kentucky, I supported Governor Steve Beshear's plan to seek state tourism development incentives for the project. I pointed out that the park, as described, was intended to be run as a business - not a non-profit organization like a church. And I said that as long as it meets the legal standards required of any other for-profit business, the incentives would be OK.
But in the intervening years, it's become painfully clear that the people behind the so-called "Ark Encounter" have every intention of discriminating against non-Christians in their hiring practices, and that changes the whole deal. Governor Beshear now correctly says that disqualifies them from the millions in state aid they were hoping to get, and once again, I agree with the governor.
The park developers acknowledge that anyone who works for them will have to be a Christian, but claim that's not any different from other religious organizations. But the problem is, this isn't just another religious organization, but a full-fledged for-profit business. And if they insist on defying government rules in hiring, they should not only forget about government subsidies, but should also prepare to be prosecuted for violations of Kentucky's Civil Rights Act.
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I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.