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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:29 PM

Kentucky Cuts Education; Preserves Tax Breaks For Creationist Theme Park

Kentucky Cuts Education; Preserves Tax Breaks For Creationist Theme Park

In one of the most spectacularly mis-prioritized state budgets in recent memory, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D), is suggesting over $50 million in cuts to education – while preserving $43 million in tax breaks for the Ark Encounter, a creationist amusement park centered around a life-sized Noah’s Ark. The park is sponsored by Answers In Genesis, a non-profit organization that promotes a “literalist” interpretation of the Book of Genesis while promoting an anti-evolution (and other sciences) agenda.

There are a number of reasons why this is a bad idea. First of all, it makes no sense to cut education at this point without reforms that go along with it to ensure that education services don’t suffer as a result. This budget doesn’t do that. Education dollars are an investment in the future – both culturally and economically. Moreover, a tax subsidy in support violates – in spirit if not in letter – the sacred American principle of the separation of Church and State.

Moreover, in a time of austerity, surely it makes most sense to eliminate wasteful subsidies first, rather than essential public services. Especially subsidies that are of dubious value to begin with, whether its this “Ark Park” or a football stadium.

There are religious considerations, too. I’m not an evangelical myself, but hostility to evolution has caused a rift among evangelical Christians. For example, Liberal evangelical Fred Clark has a problem with this and other anti-science promotions by his fellow evangelicals, because he thinks that they’re not only factually wrong, but also drive people away from evangelical churches.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/01/23/kentucky-cuts-education-preserves-tax-breaks-for-creationist-theme-park/

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The Straight Story Jan 2012 OP
DocMac Jan 2012 #1
redqueen Jan 2012 #2
hifiguy Jan 2012 #3
surfdog Jan 2012 #4
Bandit Jan 2012 #7
Nuclear Unicorn Jan 2012 #8
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provis99 Jan 2012 #6
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hatrack Jan 2012 #10

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:40 PM

1. Some states I refuse to live in.

Some I even drive around to get to where i'm going.

No need to name them.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:42 PM

2. Instant headache.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:47 PM

3. They must have dug the Stupid Mine

down close to the earth's core by now. Amazing and very sad.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:47 PM

4. I have no problem with what Kentucky is doing

 

This is exactly what the people of Kentucky want

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Response to surfdog (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:09 PM

7. EVERY single person in Kentucky wants education cut and creationism endorsed?????

I somehow doubt that...

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Response to Bandit (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:13 PM

8. No but

the controlling share of government goes to the faction with the most votes. Kind of like how we want good public education and single-payer health care and if we get enough votes to make it happen we will. Those opposed are still welcome to offer their dissent but if we have the votes we'll do it.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:05 PM

6. Kentucky: Trying to be stupider than Kansas.

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:19 PM

9. We have some pretty cool DUers from Ky

on the other hand I have Ky cousins who fit right in with the creationist , God, Gays and Guns lifestyle----dumber than a rock!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 06:16 PM

10. Wow. So stupid even Forbes felt the need to slap it down.

That's some 86-proof stupid.

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