Answers in Genesis (AIG) is a Christian-based organization with a vision to serve as a catalyst to bring reformation by reclaiming the foundations of our faith which are found in the Bible, thus proclaiming the absolute truth and authority of the Bible with boldness.
In May 2008, their $27 million Creation Museum opened in northern Kentucky across from Cincinnati to promote their understanding of creation and a young earth (less than 10,000 years old). A few months ago, AIG announced plans to build (near the museum) Ark Encounter, a $170+ million, 800-acre theme park based on the story of Noah.
In November, the Kentucky Department of Tourism tentatively approved $43 million dollars in tax incentives pending further analysis. Shortly thereafter, Governor Steve Broshear (D) announced his support for the incentives in the name of jobs for Kentuckians.
AIG does not hide its intent to intent to evangelize its message. In the spirit of getting money from wages and various consumer expenditures, the state of Kentucky is willing to put public money into an organization who promotes a defined religious dogma.
The Lexington Herald-Leader supported the state’s incentives by stating the following:
If a church or a religious organization sought the same incentives for the same purpose, there would be clear reason to object on constitutional grounds. Ark Encounters is a private company seeking to make a profit off of a biblical theme. (3 Dec 2010)
I do not live in Kentucky, so I won’t complain. Nor will I attend Ark Encounter or the Creation Museum simply because they are against my theology and my science. However, I can ask questions.
- Would the citizens of Kentucky and its state government officials financially support other Christian groups to develop their ventures?
- Would the citizens of Kentucky and its state government officials financially support a non-Christian religious organization wanting to build a tourist attraction?