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Creationist Ken Ham Uses Kids' Letters to Lobby for $18 Million in Tax Breaks for Biblical Theme Park

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Already in a fight with the state of Kentucky after it withdrew over $18 million in tax rebates for his Noah's Ark-based theme park, creationist Ken Ham has rolled out the big guns, publishing letters from children imploring the governor to reconsider.


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Wilde Thange (10)
Saturday March 7, 2015, 5:17 pm
Secular society has no responsibility to support anyone's creation theory parks. If they do then they should have to support everyone else's too. Perhaps a Native American one for the original natives of their state.

Sue H (7)
Saturday March 7, 2015, 5:18 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 1:36 am
It'll be interesting to see how interesting and strong Creationism is for him, whether he gets the necessary backing or not. . .

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 9:41 am
Ken Ham has pushed and crossed every boundary to get his so called "biblical theme park" aka the “extension of AIG’s ministry.”, starting with the legal ones: "Ham has refused to hire non-Christians at the park, which ran afoul of state law and cost the park its tax-exempt status.", then the moral ones: "The fundamentalist Christian has since filed a lawsuit saying Kentucky’s refusal discriminates against Christians."and now those of stupidity. You don't sue the state and at the same time try them to change their mind with emotional blackmail.

Ken Ham seems to be in a pickle and getting really desperate, perhaps he should try praying for Kentucky to brake their own laws on the account he's such a good Christian. Or perhaps that's already a boundary he's pushed too far?

pam w (139)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 1:24 pm

Carlene V (202)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 1:27 pm
Another upstanding Christian, ha! Those poor children are so brainwashed it's pathetic.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 1:43 pm
I forgot to mention....what happens to all the letters to Santa?

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 2:29 pm
If every child in the universe wrote to the governor of Kentucky, that would still not make the use of public funds to promote private religious beliefs Constitutional - nor acceptable to anyone but a Dominionist. A real Christian knows better.

fahad Al fahad (140)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 3:28 pm
Even the kids took advantage of these politicians !!

Alexa R (319)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 3:43 pm
Even though not a Christian myself, when my son was about 13 years old (he's very interested in science) we attended several Ken Ham creation lectures on the invitation of my son's friend. We've never heard the creationist scientists viewpoint before since we were only ever taught evolution theory at school. So we thought we will give it a go and see what all the fuss is about.

Pretty cool stuff and amazing science, very bright and knowledgable scientists who gave the lectures. Each obviously an expert in their field. We could not help but be impressed with their brilliant scientific advances, they sure earned our respect.. We're even more stunned than before as to why all the venom towards creationist scientists .. Surely it cannot simply be because they're Christian?

I quote Ken Ham himself:

Bill Nye Program (Unwittingly) Praises Creationist Research

by Ken Ham on March 6, 2015

In fact, back in 2012 Bill Nye was quoted in an article titled “Bill Nye Warns Americans Believing in Creationism Are Stifling Innovation” as saying,

If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate.1
And the video of Bill Nye that really was integral in beginning the negotiations leading to the Nye/Ham debate, which was posted by Big Think and received millions of views, was titled “Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children.”

That’s why, during my debate presentation, I showed video clips of biblical creationists who are scientists and have developed incredible technological advancements. One of the scientists I featured was Dr. Raymond Damadian, the inventor of the MRI scanner. The MRI technology is world famous and one of the greatest technological advancements in medicine in our era of history. I encourage you to watch this short video segment (even if you’ve seen it before) as Dr. Damadian not only explains he invented the MRI scanner, but boldly states he is a biblical creationist and illustrates that belief in evolution has nothing to do with developing technology:

Many of you will be aware of the television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, which made Bill Nye quite famous. In season 2, episode 1, on the topic of magnetism, Bill Nye includes a segment on the MRI scanner. In many of the Bill Nye video programs, he included a segment called "Way Cool Scientist," which features a different scientist whose work is related to the topic of the episode.

Now in the episode on magnetism, Bill Nye features Ed Weinberger, a doctor who works with the MRI scanner. Watch the video clip from this episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy here:

This segment of course is meant to applaud this fantastic piece of technology. However, by doing this, Bill Nye is actually unwittingly praising the phenomenal achievement of a creation scientist—namely the inventor of the MRI scanner, Dr. Raymond Damadian.

As I stated during the debate and also documented, it is a false claim to insist that students have to be taught evolution to be able to develop technology. In fact, I asked this question of Bill Nye at the debate, and have asked it of him publicly a number of times since:

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 4:56 pm
Noted. Seriously? Is this guy "for real?" Indoctrination of children is wrong on so many levels.....of course, what kid doesn't want a "dinosaur museum?" If Ham wants a biblical theme park, he should pay for it and leave everyone else out of it; especially children. Personally, I think it is the silliest, stupidest idea. Welcome to Amerrrka; land of idiot fundamentalist Xtians. Talk about giving christianity a bad name!

Kathryn Mitchell (8)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 5:32 pm
Oh good lord, really? Then there should be a theme park dedicated to Darwin, evolution, and scientific inquiry.

Alexa R (319)
Sunday March 8, 2015, 11:47 pm
You're got it wrong, Ken Ham is Australian, he was not born and raised in a fundamentalist Christian American family.

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Monday March 9, 2015, 8:10 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday March 9, 2015, 9:22 am
Shouldn't these good Christians want to pay more taxes to show their support for their country?

Lady Suki (446)
Monday March 9, 2015, 11:48 am
If the government is giving away 18 million dollars, I am available! I will put it to good use.

Gene Jacobson (288)
Monday March 9, 2015, 1:19 pm
I don't care how many kids he cons into writing letters. The First Amendment to our Constitution protects us all from the likes of this religious chauvinist. There are plenty of thing Kentucky needs to spend money on, this is not one of them. If you want an exclusive playground, build it your own dang self, with your own money and leave the rest of us out of it.

Julie W (33)
Friday March 13, 2015, 4:06 am
He is just exploiting these poor, brainwashed children for his own purpose. Shame on him!
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