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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.”

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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.”

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“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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Large fires in Philadelphia — as police scramble to save City Hall

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Protests in the City of Brotherly Love resulted in multiple police cares being lit on fire as windows were broken in the town's iconic City Hall.

Anti-police violence protests have erupted across America following the killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Here are some of the scenes from the Philadelphia protests:

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Trump Tower is ‘under siege’ as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building

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Protesters marched on Trump Tower in Chicago on Saturday, as Chicago police in riot gear and on horses defend the president's building.

State police were deployed to the scene to back up local police, who are reportedly arresting protesters.

On video showed protesters taking a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Actor John Cusack was among those documenting the protest.

Here are some of the images from the scene:

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George Floyd’s brother tears up discussing condolence phone call from Trump: ‘It hurt me’

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The brother of George Floyd described the condolence phone call he received from President Donald Trump during a Saturday interview on MSNBC.

Philonise Floyd was interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on "Politics Nation."

While Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder, the other three officers involved in the killing remain free.

"They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty," Floyd said.

"What was the conversation with President Trump like?" Sharpton asked.

"It was so fast," Floyd replied.

"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.' And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."

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