Ken Ham who is the founder of Answers in Genesis, which advocates biblical creationism. He wrote a piece about his debate which was aired on CNN with the Rev. Barry Lynn who advocates a particular type of wall between government and religion. His blog, it unveils a conspiracy which is also mentioned in the debate…
“Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear thinks it’s a good idea for his state to be the home of Noah’s Ark – one that will include dinosaurs! Beshear announced yesterday his plan to provide tax incentives to the developers of a creationism theme park that will feature a replica of the well-known biblical boat. The $150 million facility will be a collaboration between Ark Encounters, a private company in Springfield, Mo., and Answers in Genesis, a fundamentalist Christian organization that runs the Creation Museum that opened in Kentucky in 2007.”
Rev. Barry then applies his best strawman’s argrument, “The government should not be giving tax incentives for religious projects. Religion should be supported by voluntary donations, not the government.” He repeats this in more detail in the debate by claiming that part of the state’s budget is funding the Ark Park which otherwise would be used for social services or other government programs. Ken Ham responds…
“I tried my best to make the point that if there is no Ark Encounter in the state, there is no sales tax generated and handed over to the state. I added that the Ark Encounter will have an economic impact in the first year of around $250 million for the state’s economy, and $4 billion over 10 years.”
“This generates money for the state. And the state government collects all the sales tax outside the attraction and the payroll taxes from businesses generated by the Ark’s presence. The reason the state has an economic tax incentive for tourist-related attractions is to bring money into the state—which is exactly what the Ark Encounter will do.”
Ken Ham states that’s he is not sure if Rev. Barry Lynn is lying or didn’t do his research but repeats the same allegations in his blog. Let’s tell it like it is, he’s lying. First of all, state budgets have to become law in order for the money to be spent, he sights no government bills whatsoever (because there isn’t any) that allocates tax dollars to the theme park. Second of all, the theme park will be increasing the state’s revenue for government programs. The visitors who go there are paying for it, just like any other business.
Although this theme park based on Noah’s Ark has received much media attention, it’s not the only one. There is a Noah’s Ark water park which is the largest in the world and it’s based in the Wisconsin Dells. It has been highlighted on the travel channel quite a number of times as one of the best tourist places to go.
Not surprisingly, Rev. Barry Lynn is a bible skeptic who uses the “Rev” title only to mock those who use it, in the debate he attacks creationism which has nothing to do with the Ark Park being built. So with all his strawman’s arguments some of which are lies that he used because of his war against Christianity is unjustified. Theme parks are businesses and it doesn’t matter if it’s religious or not. Generally businesses use the name Noah’s Ark as a way to connect with families and the one being built in Kentucky is no different.