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Kentucky Noah’s Ark Christian theme park won’t hire gay people despite seeking state subsidies

The Ark Encounters theme park will not be hiring gays and lesbians or anyone who thinks the world is more than 6,000 years old when it opens in 2016 despite seeking millions in tax incentives
An artist's impression of the finished replica Noah's Ark
Photo by Answers in Genesis

A planned Noah’s Ark themed entertainment park that will teach that the Biblical Great Flood was an actual historical event will reportedly refuse to hire gays and lesbians and anyone who does not believe that the Bible is 100% literally true.

The Ark Encounters theme park is to be built by Creationist group Answers in Genesis, which already operates another Christian theme park in Kentucky that claims that human beings lived side-by-side with dinosaurs and denies the theory of evolution.

Ark Encounters will include replicas of Noah’s Ark and the Tower of Babel and the first phase of the project will cost $73 million, with the final completed park budgeted at $172.5 million.

Ark Encounters has sought tax incentives worth $18 million from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority towards building the park in the hope that it will stimulate the local tourism economy in the area.

However a jobs add on the Answers in Genesis website that has since been pulled stated that any potential employee at the park would have to demonstrate they adhered to a ‘Statement of Faith’ that would bar anyone but Creationist fundamentalist Christians from working there and anyone in a same-sex relationship.

‘In order to preserve the function and integrity of the ministry in its mission to proclaim the absolute truth and authority of Scripture and to provide a biblical role model to our employees, and to the Church, the community, and society at large, it is imperative that all persons employed by the ministry in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to our Statement of Faith, to include the statement on marriage and sexuality, and conduct themselves accordingly,’ the Answers in Genesis employee statement of faith reads.

‘The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth, and the universe.

‘The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind.

‘Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since creation. The great Flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and effect.

‘The only legitimate marriage sanctioned by God is the joining of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other, and has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

‘Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s gender, or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God.’

The exclusionary policy was pointed out by Kentucky Paleontological Society president Daniel Phelps in an op-ed for the Lexington Herald-Leader, titled ‘Non-Christians need not apply,’ in which he complained about state tax revenue going to support such an exclusionary project.

‘The tax incentive, along with the city tax breaks, and the parcel of land sold to the project at a discount by Williamstown, plus $200,000 cash given by the Grant County Economic Development Commission is clearly a case of government entanglement with religion,’ Phelps wrote.

‘I ask the tourism cabinet not to violate civil rights laws and the separation of church and state.’

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