Answers in Genesis has an explanation for why the state of Kentucky yanked the tax exemption from their Ark Park. It doesn’t have much basis in reality, which is probably why they presented it on Fox News this morning.
Smarmy AiG Lawyer: We have a theory about that. I think it’s because these radical atheist kind of organizations have applied political pressure, and it’s sad when that happens. It also happens to be unlawful and that’s why it looks like we may be headed to court.
Fox News host: Why is it unlawful?
Hey, that was my question! Why should it be unlawful for an atheist organization to use politics to oppose actions that are against their interests? That’s what politics is for!
His answer provoked an irony explosion in my brain.
SAL: Well, you can’t treat religious groups differently than everyone else. … They can’t do that under federal or state law.
But that’s what AiG wants! They are prohibited under state or federal law from receiving special tax breaks while discriminating on the basis of religion. AiG wants to be treated differently from all the other groups to which the state gives specific tax incentives by being allowed to violate state requirements.
He also babbles avuncularly about how the Ark Park has always been set up as a religious theme park, so the state can’t act surprised about that now…but that’s another of their sleazy elisions. They tried to set it up so AiG/the Creation Museum were the religous/evangelical side of the business, but the Ark Park was to be a for-profit, semi-independent entity — they want both the privileges of a religious organization and of a secular corporation, and they played fast-and-loose with sliding donations between the two.
They’ve been trying to game the system for years. It’s about time it caught up with them.