Creationist Ken Ham uses kids’ letters to lobby for $18 million in tax breaks for Biblical theme park
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.”
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: