Creationist Group Suing State of Kentucky for $18 Million Claiming Discrimination

creationistsOur right to freedom of religion is one of the bedrocks that make this nation great. What better way to build a society than to separate government from religion and let a nation’s citizens decide for themselves if they will or won’t be followers of a particular religion? Well, at least that’s the way our nation is supposed to be governed. But as many of us know, there are millions of Americans in this country who continue to try to interject religion where it doesn’t belong and force their views on those who do not believe in them.

When I’m confronted by those who maintain that the United States is a Christian nation, I typically ask them to then show me in our Constitution where there’s even one single reference to Christianity. Since there’s not a single reference to Christianity anywhere in our Constitution, usually the answers I receive equate to nothing but a word salad of talking points and misinformation.

But out of all of the religious fanatics I’ve run across in my life, creationists easily rank as the most ridiculous among them. These are people who believe that the Earth is 6,000-years-old and dinosaurs once walked alongside humans. I’m not sure how these people aren’t deemed clinically insane. If someone went around claiming that unicorns and leprechauns were real and The Lord of the Rings was actually a documentary, wouldn’t they possibly be deemed crazy by most medical experts?

Well, it’s no secret that the creationist group Answers in Genesis, led by Ken Ham, is trying to turn parts of Kentucky into a creationist wonderland. Currently they’re trying to build a giant Noah’s Ark-based theme park and were hoping to use around $18 million in tax breaks to help them complete the project.

However, in December the group hit a bit of a snag when these tax breaks were revoked after it was learned that they had planned to discriminate during their hiring process against people who weren’t Christians.

Though I still don’t get how a religious-based theme park would qualify for any kind of tax incentives. That’s essentially using taxpayer funds to help build what amounts to nothing more than religious propaganda. If these people want to build this ridiculous park, that’s fine, but they shouldn’t be getting any help from anything taxpayer related to do so.

Well it seems Answers in Genesis isn’t too happy that these tax breaks have been pulled and are following through with the threat they made in December to sue the state of Kentucky for $18 million.

What is it that they’re suing Kentucky for? Discrimination. 

Yes, you read that correctly. A group that said it was going to discriminate in its employment against individuals who weren’t Christians, is suing the state of Kentucky claiming that they’re being discriminated against – because of their religious beliefs.

Oh, the irony.

“Our organization spent many months attempting to reason with state officials so that this lawsuit would not be necessary,” Ham said. “However, the state was so insistent on treating our religious entity as a second-class citizen that we were simply left with no alternative but to proceed to court. This is the latest example of increasing government hostility towards religion in America, and it’s certainly among the most blatant.”

I love how he refers to this as “government hostility towards religion on America.” This isn’t any form of “hostility,” it’s called adhering to our Constitution. This project should have never been granted these tax breaks to begin with. But the bottom line is, there’s no government entity or law that’s denying them the right to build this absurd park. They’re 100 percent free to do so. They just aren’t going to receive tax benefits from the taxpayers to help fund it.

The truth is, Ham’s group isn’t upset about anything other than the fact that they were hoping to help fund this project with $18 million from the taxpayers and they’re no longer being allowed to do so. This lawsuit has nothing to do with discrimination. It’s simply about Answers in Genesis throwing a hissy fit because they’re not getting their way.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Edward Krebbs

    Let’s look at this from a matter of public policy.

    Clearly, discrimination in hiring based on religion is unconstitutional. They are a theme park. They aren’t a church. So (by analogy) Six Flags doesn’t get a break from income taxes (other than I’m sure they use loopholes in the tax code) and they can’t justify not hiring Presbyterians. Add in that the theme park strongly pushes a narrow religious outlook and there is no way Kentucky can legally give them free money.

    Then, they promote extremely discredited theories (such as stegos roamed the earth 5,000 years ago. Although they got it right that dinosaurs were destroyed in a cataclysmic event, it wasn’t 5 thousand years ago – it was more like 70 million years ago and long before people existed).

    So how much sense would it make for the state to take money away from schools (even though I suspect some of their teachers might teach equally erroneous information) and give it to an educational theme park teaching things which the kids will have to unlearn.

    The ultimate irony is that it is in a coal state. As in underground deposits which form the basis for so much of what the entertainment park is trying to disprove.

    • Keith

      Don’t humor them by trying to use logic. You can’t use logic on stupid.

    • nobodobodon

      Six Flags might, and other businesses do, frequently receive tax breaks from state and local government entities to “promote hiring” and “stimulate the local economy”. That was the original excuse for these tax breaks: they were going to bring a bunch of money and jobs to the area. Lame, but not unheard of, and there’s a fig leaf of ambiguity over the issue of state funding for churches.

      Until they start discriminating in their hiring. At that point, it’s unambiguous taxpayer funding of religion.

      Even without the taxpayer subsidies, I don’t know the laws around discriminatory hiring. I know an actual church can discriminate on religion but Hobby Lobby can’t. I know some Catholic hospitals that regularly hire Hindu and Muslim doctors, but I don’t know if that’s a legal issue or just the labor market for doctors. I also don’t know if they’re getting tax breaks or not. That might make a difference.

    • William

      70 million years, huh.
      You have more faith than most fanatics

  • Keith

    So, Idiots expect the state to support lies and ignorance. It is not unheard of, we do give our politicians paychecks. Idiots that do not know that there is older written history than 5000 years ago, and no one mentioned Dinosaurs, are too stupid to teach anything.

    • William

      Job 40:15 ¶
      Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

      Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

      Job 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

      Job 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

      Moves his tail like a cedar? A cedar is a very large tree. What kind of an animal would eat grass and have a tail as big as a tree?
      Yet no one in ancient writings, Job, ever wrote about such creatures,

      • Keith

        your an idiot, science proves most of your creationists beliefs wrong. It is the Jews book and they do not believe that the world is only 6000 years old. There are ancient writings older than you believe that mankind has existed.

      • William

        You are the one that said that nowhere in ancient writings did anyone mention anything about creatures that describe what we call “dinosaurs”.
        The book of Job clearly does this as do many Chinese books, or are they liars too.
        For someone that has studied so much about religions you are incredibly ignorant.

      • William

        Here is a sample from Marco Polo much more recent:

        Marco Polo in China

        The Travels of Marco Polo in China date to the early 1290s. He was the first Western traveler to write about the various provinces of Burma (Mien) in what is present-day China. Marco Polo returned to Venice in 1295 and his famous journals started circulating in Europe by 1298.

        The following was translated by W. Marsden in 1818 and re-edited by Thomas Wright in 1854. A complete copy of this translation of “The Travels of Marco Polo, The Venetian” is housed at the British Library.

        Chapter XL
        Of the Province named Karazan

        Leaving the city of Yachi, and traveling ten days into a westerly direction, you reach the Province of Karazan which is also the name of its chief city…Here are seen huge serpents, ten paces in length, and ten spans in the girt of the body. At the fore-part, near the head, they have two short egs, having three claws like those of a tiger, with eyes larger than a fourpenny loaf (pane da quattro denari) and very glaring. The jaws are wide enough to swallow a man, the teeth are large and sharp, and their whole appearance is so formidable, that neither man, nor any kind of animal, can approach them without terror. Others are met with of a smaller size, being eight, six, or five paces long; and the following method is used for taking them. In the day-time, by reason of the great heat, they lurk in caverns, from whence, at night, they issue to seek their food, and whatever beast they meet with and can lay hold of, whether tiger, wolf, or any other, they devour; after which they drag themselves towards some lake, spring of water, or river, in order to drink. By their motion in this way along the shore, and their vast weight, they make a deep impression, as if a heavy beam had been drawn along the sands. – See more at:

      • Keith

        Alligator? 30 feet long and 8 feet wide

      • William

        A typical adult American alligator’s weight and length is 360 kg (790 lb) and 4.0 m (13.1 ft), but they sometimes grow to 4.4 m (14 ft) long and weigh over 450 kg (990 lb).

        Nice try, tail as big as a cedar?

      • William

        By the way, the bible is not the Jews book, it is God’s book.

        The Book of Job was written before there were any Jews.
        And the Jews did not believe Jesus either, that is why they handed him over to the Gentiles who nailed him to a tree.

      • Keith

        you have made my point so many times and you still do not see how ridiculous you are.

      • William

        Again you say words that do not say anything. Face it, you are full of crap.

  • Dude

    It is a deeply held Christian belief that they must impose their religion on others. Therefore, the First Amendment says they have the right to force Christianity on others. When you refuse to give them taxpayer’s money, you are violating their freedom of religion.

    When a major department store chain told employees that “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” were both acceptable greetings, they were boycotted (unsuccessfully) for attacking Christmas. Apparently all employees, regardless of religion, must greet all customers, regardless of religion, in a purely Christian manner or be punished. And this is not an attach on other religions.

    • William

      Christian “religions” are like any other religion, they are made by man,

      True believers in Jesus Christ do not practice any religion much less “force” their beliefs on anyone.

      Col 2:16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

      • Dude

        When you get a chance, tell that to the 100s of people who have knocked on my door to tell me their religion is better than mine.

        And kindly tell the Spanish inquisition to not mass murder everyone who isn’t Christian.

        And tell Charlemagne to not publicly behead everyone who opts out of converting.

        Mark 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

        We are right, everyone else goes to hell. Pretty clear that we need to make everyone believe as we do. For their own good. Obviously, no matter how horribly we torture people, if it results in them converting, we have done them a favor. So, let’s get a torturin’.

      • William

        You can’t go back in time and tell anybody anything.

        As for people today, I is no different than when the church first started.

        1Co 11:18In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it.

        But here is only one faith.

        Eph 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;Eph 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

      • Dude

        “You can’t go back in time and tell anybody anything.”

        But, from now on I can sleep during without being awoken, my tax money will not be taken and stores will be allowed to operate without the interference of the religious police?