Best Of 2017

Best use of taxpayer money toward a project that will administer a religious litmus test for its employees, because separation of church and state is for dummies: Ark Encounter

Best use of taxpayer money toward a project that will administer a religious litmus test for its employees, because separation of church and state is for dummies

Are you OK with the government chipping in on a tourist attraction developed by a religious group and based on a Bible story where employees have to sign a pledge about their religious beliefs? If you live in Kentucky, you kind of have to be, it seems. Northern Kentucky’s Ark Encounter got $18 million in tax credits from the state after a legal battle, even as parent company Answers in Genesis (which also runs the nearby Creation Museum) says it will select employees for the theme park based upon their belief in the Bible. The state initially promised the credits on the $92 million project in 2010, but walked back on that commitment four years later after worries about lawsuits over regulations on separation of church and state. Answers in Genesis took the state to federal court, winning the right to receive the tax credits on First Amendment grounds in 2016.