Our 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.