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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.

Heeding Isaiah 11:6 (“…and a little child will lead them all“), Ham shared a sampling of the kids’ letters on his Answers In Genesis website, with one child writing, “Kentucky doesn’t want to be pushed around by non-believers.”

In December, Kentucky withdrew tax rebates for the Ark Encounter park in Williamston, Kentucky, that were potentially worth more than $18 million. Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart claimed the project had transformed from a tourist attraction to an “extension of AIG’s ministry.”

Ham has refused to hire non-Christians at the park, which ran afoul of state law and cost the park its tax-exempt status.

The fundamentalist Christian has since filed a lawsuit saying Kentucky’s refusal discriminates against Christians.

On his website, Ham published letters written to Governor Steve Beshear — and copied to him — from children of a Kentucky business owner who wrote, “I am stumped on coming up with a reason of why the Ark Project is a drawback for Kentucky. There is no explanation except my belief that a very loud, influential minority is in the ear of our Kentucky government officials.”

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One child, a 12-year-old, wrote, “I am not just speaking for me but for the people of Kentucky, for the Christians of Kentucky, and for the next generation of Christians.”

“What harm does it cause having the word of God being taught in a Christian Park?” the child continued. “If you go to a Christian park, what do you expect to hear – the word of God! If people don’t want to hear about Him or be taught Biblical truths, then they don’t have to go.”

One 9-year-old was more defiant, writing, “We aren’t letting a different religion boss us and tell us we can’t have a Christian Ark with Christian people working and talking about God.”

The letter from the 9-year-old is posted below:

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Alt-Right headed to court — the ‘serious injuries’ inflicted on two sisters could cost white nationalists $10 million

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Some of the most prominent members of the Alt-Right are being sued by two sisters for $10 million.

Sisters Tadrint and Micah Washington filed a lawsuit after being seriously injured in the fatal Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the Daily Progress reported Saturday.

"The suit has since been narrowed to Fields, Kessler, Spencer, the National Policy Institute, William Regnery II, AltRight Corp., Mike Peinovich, Michael Hill, Matthew Heimbach, the Traditionalist Worker Party, the League of the South, Bradley Griffin, Vanguard America, Augustus Invictus, Chris Cantwell, Andrew Anglin, Moonbase Holdings, Identity Europa, Nathan Damigo and Elliott Kline," the newspaper reported.

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Man barricaded himself in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office in Queens

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The New York Police Department responded to a Saturday break-in at the Queens office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by a 27-year-old man.

"The alleged trespasser barricaded himself in the 3rd floor office, hiding in a utility closet until police convinced him to come out," WPIX-TV reports.

"The man was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation. Charges against him are pending," ABC 7 reported.

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Trump wants Americans to watch interview where he broke federal law by soliciting foreign election help: ‘Enjoy the show!’

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Despite widespread criticism, President Donald Trump on Saturday stood by his comments to George Stephanopoulos -- and hyped an upcoming broadcast of the interview.

"I enjoyed my interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News," Trump claimed.

"So funny to watch the Fake News Media try to dissect and distort every word in as negative a way as possible. It will be aired on Sunday night at 8:00 P.M., and is called, “President Trump: 30 Hours” (which is somewhat misleading in that I personally spent only a small fraction of that time doing interviews. I do have a few other things to do, you know!)," he continued.

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