Kentucky’s Ark Encounter

Published December 7th, 2010 by Bobby Henderson


The New York Times reports:

the state of Kentucky The state has promised generous tax incentives to a group of entrepreneurs who plan to construct a full-size replica of Noah’s ark, load it with animals and actors, and make it the centerpiece of a Bible-based tourist attraction called Ark Encounter.

Since Gov. Steven L. Beshear announced the plan on Wednesday, some constitutional experts have raised alarms over whether government backing for an enterprise that promotes religion violates the First Amendment’s requirement of separation of church and state. But Mr. Beshear, a Democrat, said the arrangement posed no constitutional problem, and brushed off questions about his stand on creationism.

“The people of Kentucky didn’t elect me governor to debate religion,” he said at a news conference. “They elected me governor to create jobs.”

Gov Beshear, you can expect the Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster theme park submission soon.  

141 Responses to “Kentucky’s Ark Encounter”

  1. Byn says:

    I’ll run the FSM themepark! I live in KY, come up with the $$ && I’ll be the first employee.

  2. Cape Crusader says:

    Enough talk somebody’s got to actually put a proposal into the Kentucky administration. The more outrageously self promoting of FSM the better.
    I’ll Kentucky State web site and look around but this isn’t my area of knowledge.
    Maybe some other folks can move on this too.
    Since I can’t actually finance any proposal I make mine would have to be extremely outrageous so that I don’t ever have too back it up.
    Just make my point.

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