Friday, February 6, 2015

Now We Find Ot Just How Freakazoid Ky Courts Are

This decision will choose a definite winner between the anti-Constitution, un-American freakazoids in the Governor's Office who threw $40 million to the frauds at Stupidity in Genesis, and the Separation-of-Church-and-State patriots in the Tourism Cabinet who said no fucking way.

The Christian ministry building a Noah's Ark theme park sued Kentucky tourism officials Thursday, saying they violated the group's free speech rights by denying them an $18 million tax incentive.

The incentive was meant for the Ark Encounter, a theme park plan that will be built in phases around a 500-foot-long wooden ark modeled after the Bible's story of Noah. State officials said in December that the project's mission had changed from tourist attraction to ministry, and denied the benefit.

In the lawsuit, the Answers in Genesis ministry said religious beliefs should not prohibit the group from participating in the tax incentive plan. The suit names the tourism cabinet and Gov. Steve Beshear.

Critics of tax incentives for the ark park have also cited potential constitutional violations, saying the state should not be giving money to a group that will practice discrimination in hiring. The Washington-based Americans United for the Separation of Church and State had threatened its own lawsuit before the state withdrew the tax benefit.

The ministry is asking a federal judge to compel tourism officials to place the ark project back into the incentive program.

Kentucky Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart said in a December letter that the state could not provide incentive money to an attraction that would screen hires for religious preference and proselytize to visitors.

The 48-page lawsuit argues that Answers in Genesis can do just that. It says "a ban on religious proselytizing would be unlawful, as well as impossible to enforce." And due to a change in structure that put it under the ownership of a non-profit, the theme park has the right to show a preference for applicants who share the ministry's strict beliefs, the suit says.
In 2013, the Kentucky General Assembly overrode Gov. Beshear's veto of the Hateful Freakazoids Get to Break All the Laws bill, which allows anyone to do anything they goddamn well please in the name of "personal beliefs."

So I fully expect the Kentucky Supreme Court, when it eventually hears this case, to rule against the Tourism Cabinet, Kentucky taxpayers, the state and federal Constitutions, the principle of separation of church and state, secularism, law and order, and any hope of escaping full-on Dominionism.

Yes, We. Are. Completely. Fucked.

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