Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Ark Park Decision is Bad for Christian Honor
When Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum, proposed a Noah's Ark theme park, they promised that there would be no religious test to work there. On the strength of that pledge, Gov. Beshear promised tourism tax credits.
Both the ministry and the government acknowledged that if employees had to proclaim AiG's specific brand of Christianity, the deal would be off.
Then the ministry broke its word, and quietly required a religious test for employment.
Governor Beshear, therefore, cancelled the tax credits.
Inconsistent with the honor one might expect of a Christian ministry, Answers in Genesis sued for the tax credits.
Surprisingly, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Ark Park. I think this is a bad decision in law.
But even worse, I believe, is the Ark Park bringing the suit, and accepting money from all the taxpayers while excluding some from employment.