Christian corruption at its finest: here’s a Florida Republican working to give a money-making park a tax exemption.
A biblical theme park in Orlando where guests pay $30 admission to munch on “Goliath” burgers and explore reproductions of 2000-year-old tombs and temples could get a property tax exemption written into state law.
A Senate committee easily passed a bill that would grant theme parks “used to exhibit, illustrate, and interpret biblical manuscripts … ” an exemption from local property taxes, like churches, even though the parks charge money.
It’s sailing through without opposition right now. The author says it is finely tuned so that only this one particular theme park would qualify for the exemption, which makes me wonder what these two legal scholars are smoking:
Two legal scholars said the bill probably could pass constitutional muster, despite its appearance of giving Legislative preference to the Bible and Christianity, as opposed to other religions.
“Appearance”? It’s either religious bigotry on amphetamines, or it’s blatant pork-barrel corruption, or most likely, it’s both—nothing sanctifies a few bucks passed under the table more than a pious cause.
The amazing thing in this story is that Disney was surprised by it and hadn’t heard anything about it until the reporter called them up. Guess who had heard about though, and was rushing to the trough? Who else in Florida has a religious theme park and a reputation as a sleazy tax dodger?
That’s right, Kent Hovind. Of course.
Yet, when a Pensacola park dedicated to creationism learned of the Webster bill Tuesday it promptly sent an emissary to Webster’s office to find out how it could qualify for the same tax break.
Dinosaur Adventure Land, devoted to demonstrating that the Bible proves dinosaurs and humans coexisted, displays pages from ancient Bibles and “biblical accounts of dinosaurs,” said Creation Science Evangelism founder Kent Hovind, who also goes by “Dr. Dino.”
Dinosaur Adventure Land is a nonprofit but is organized under a different section of the IRS code than Holy Land Experience. A director with Creation Science Evangelism said the group won’t change its IRS designation, but will see about getting the Webster bill tweaked to include it too.
Soooooo-EEEeee! Here pig, pig, pig!
I’m past being surprised at how much our government will pander to the religious. Let’s just sell the whole dang country to the godly in a bidding war.
Speaking of Hovind, he’s going to be in my neighborhood, at St. Cloud State University.
Date : April 28, 2006
Time : 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Title: Dr. Kent Hovind (Dr. Dino) — Creation v. Evolu.
Description: Dr. Kent Hovind or the more popularly known Dr. Dino, is one of the most requested speakers on the Creation and Evolution topic in churches and Universities all over the world. Dr. Hovind served as an educator for many years teaching Biology, Anatomy, Physical Science, Mathematics, Earth Science, and many other sciences. Dr. Hovind has debated the Creation and Evolution controversy over 100 times all over the world, in many large Universities, and on thousands of radio talk shows. Come and hear what Dr. Dino says on all sorts of scientific topics as well as taking questions from the audience. Again Dr. Hovind will be at Ritsche Auditorium @ 7pm on Friday, April 28.
As it turns out, I’ve got to run some errands in St Cloud and Minneapolis that day; I’m not sure if I’ll be back to St. Cloud in time for the Dr Dino Snake Oil Show, but if I am, I’ll be there.