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AIG Trying to Avoid Kentucky Anti-Discrimination Laws

Dan Arel has caught Answers in Genesis trying to get around anti-discrimination laws so they can hire only Christians at their Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky. They’re doing this by hiring people as employees of their non-profit AIG rather than their for-profit Ark Encounter, while making clear in the classified ad that the job is to work on the latter.

The job listing is explicitly for a “CAD Technician Designer, Ark Encounter.” And it requires that you be not only a Christian, but the right kind of Christian. Among the requirements:

Salvation testimony

Creation belief statement

Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG Statement of Faith

When Arel confronted Ken Ham about this, both on a radio show and on Twitter, Ham said, “This is an Answers in Genesis position not Ark Encounter.” But the job listing clearly says it’s for Ark Encounter. A religious non-profit can discriminate on the basis of religion, but a for-profit business, which Ark Encounter is, cannot. He has apparently contacted Americans United for Separation of Church and State and they are looking into the possibility of filing a lawsuit over it.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    A religious non-profit can discriminate on the basis of religion, but a for-profit business, which Ark Encounter is, cannot.

    Unless it’s a “closely held corporation” being forced to do something that five conservative judges disaprove of.

  2. raven says

    Dan Arel has caught Answers in Genesis trying to get around anti-discrimination laws so they can hire only Christians at their Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky.

    1. I knew they were going to try that.

    2. This is after, they said they weren’t. The whole way they got huge tax breaks from the local government and state government and a new freeway interchange was because they are going to create jobs. Supposedly.

    Mostly low skilled, minimum wage, seasonal jobs but these days in the USA, that counts as an achievement.

  3. raven says

    So does that mean they finally raised enough rube capital to build the park?

    Good question.

    1. I’m informed by someone who visited the AIG or Ark Park website, that they claim to have half of what is needed.

    I’m not going there myself. I’m not giving them any web traffic or my computer, a headache.

    2. The whole financing is very dodgy. Ark Park didn’t sell all their junk bonds so AIG bought the rest. But AIG isn’t doing so well itself. The Fake Museum has been losing money and yearly attendance.

    They might have used some of the money the raised to buy their own bonds.

  4. whheydt says

    Re: raven @ #4…

    I’m not going there myself. I’m not giving them any web traffic or my computer, a headache.

    Can’t do anything for your headache, but for computers (on the assumption that you don’t want any cookies or other hidden data permanently stored)…
    1. Buy a Paspberry PI (cost: $35)
    2. Load Raspbian to an SD card.
    3. Make a backup of the SD card contents on another machine.
    4. Use the Raspberrry Pi to look at the web sites.
    5. Wipe the card and reload Raspbian from the backup.
    6. Rinse and repeat as desired.

    If you don’t have a pile of miscellaneous spare computer parts (keyboard, mouse, monitor, cables, 5v 1A power supply, etc.) about the house, the total cost can still be kept under $100, and the costs are “one time only”, not recurring.

  5. Mike Morris says

    Wasn’t dirtbag Ken looking to siphon some NASA cash to support his anti-science museum and others like it? Or was that a different dirtbag? If it was, it would coincide nicely with his fantasy park losing money faster than the christians can send it in.

  6. abb3w says

    If nominally non-profit AIG is hiring and paying people to do work for the benefit of for-profit AE, does that have the potential to jeopardize AIG’s 504(c)3 status — as “some part of the net earnings” then “inures to the benefit of” AE as an individual corporation?

    That could be more costly to Ken Ham’s empire than a Civil Rights employment lawsuit.

  7. D. C. Sessions says

    whheydt, the alternative is much, much cheaper: download a livecd of Knoppix. Boot to it. Browse at will. Shut down.

    No hard disks were touched by this exercise.

  8. newfie says

    I’d check out a Norse mythology theme park. Ale, mead and big dude with a hammer.. there’s your party.

  9. Ichthyic says

    1. Buy a Paspberry PI (cost: $35)
    2. Load Raspbian to an SD card.
    3. Make a backup of the SD card contents on another machine.
    4. Use the Raspberrry Pi to look at the web sites.
    5. Wipe the card and reload Raspbian from the backup.
    6. Rinse and repeat as desired.

    yes, because that’s totally not a headache.

    O.o

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