Education But $43 million to Noah's Ark
While Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear handed in
a state budget that cut 6% from education, he steadfastly included a $43
million tax rebate to the Ark. Beshear, a Democrat (!) sees the venue as
a money-maker for Kentucky, while it's creator Ken Ham (of AiG) is unabashedly
"When people say the money donated for the full-size Noah's Ark should be spent instead on feeding the poor or giving to another cause, they are essentially arguing that no money should be given to building the Ark Encounter. Yet consider the words of the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ." The "Great Commission" refers to Jesus' calling of his disciples to spread their beliefs throughout the world.
So the Ark Encounter IS FOR PROSELYTIZING. And woe betide anyone who thinks differently:
PZ Meyers:At the Creation "Museum", one of the jobs of the guards is to suppress criticism. They hover about in rather conspicuous uniforms, armed with tasers, and some use police dogs to check out the visitors. They don't want dissent expressed in their building, and they admit it themselves.
A Big Joke
It never ceases to amaze the
rest of the world how American, Right-wing Christianity continues to embarrass
the rest of us. True, it has made its forays of bigotry and stupidity into
parts of the world yearning to join the 21st century (think Uganda)* but the
clowns of God (leaders) keep pummeling us with a maniacal ferocity of all
things unreasonable and inane. Speculation about the Ark Park should produce
some very outlandish, very comic questions, e.g. will the Ark feature all the
animals? Will it have room for waste (or was Noah the world's grand scale
polluter)? What languages will be confounded at the Tower Of Babel?
Perhaps the Kentucky
legislature is playing an enormous joke on its taxpayers by sanctioning another
enormous joke: the Ark Park will ultimately
cost $172 million and Ken Ham will continue to thumb his nose at the
*Pat Robertson is still fighting to get a Christian theme
park in the Holy Land.
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