Article from the National Center for Science Education "Extending summer vacation for the sake of creationism?". The title pretty much says it all. Two lawmakers are apparently sucking up to kennie ham for some reason I will never understand.
Let's see, kennie ham starts another project, claiming it would be a for-profit tourist attraction and asked for Kentucky help to get it going, claiming pretty astronomical number of tourists will be visiting his 'Ark Park'. Kentucky jumped in and offered several forms of help. While I disagreed, my initial disagreement was more based on not trusting kennie ham and knowing kennie was the one who drew up the tourist figures and not an objective party fed that mistrust.
What happened next was kennie started advertising for employees at his new park, he did it through his Answers in Genesis ministry and was inflicting several requirements on applicants, like signing his statement of faith. (Kentucky Common Sense Part II) That flew in the face of complying with the employment laws he promised he would follow, you know the ones about not discriminating based on a number of factors, including religion. So you can see that kennie not only wanted state assistance ($$), but he wants to discriminate in hiring, of course Kentucky pulled their support -- as required by law.
Aside from the fact little kennie trying to paint himself as the victim of religious discrimination, he apparently also has a couple of pet lawmakers trying to 'help' him again. This time by extending summer vacation so there would be more time for people to visit his ark park. Are you kidding me? Why be so covert, why don't they just pass a law making a visit to kennie's abortions mandatory? Does kneeling before kennie a requirement to win elections in Kentucky?
Kentucky, isn't it time to stop? If kennie's tourist numbers are right, he shouldn't need any help. If his numbers are off, then he deserves to foot the bill. In any event, the State of Kentucky needs to draw a hard line and tell kennie that he and his ministries are on their own. If you don't think his ark park is a ministry, you might remember this from his original job application:
"Our work at Ark Encounter is not just a job, it is also a ministry. Our employees work together as a team to serve each other to produce the best solutions for our design requirements. Our purpose through the Ark Encounter is to serve and glorify the Lord with our God-given talents with the goal of edifying believers and evangelizing the lost."It is nothing but a ministry, and it's time the State of Kentucky ends any subsidies.