Ken Ham’s Pet Ark project (known as the Ark Encounter; his proposed Noah’s Ark-based theme park under pseudo-construction in Kentucky, of all places) has hit a snag–the ‘museum’s’ hiring practices are clearly discriminatory and a violation of Federal Law because Ham insists on running it as a for-profit business (How some churchey-types just LOVE taking from Caesar).
This minor detail has brought down the ire of both atheists, such as Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and secular/religious Church/State separation supporters, such as Americans United. You see, Ham recently applied for a 18 million dollar tourism tax incentive, which was granted preliminary acceptance (how it got that far is scandalous enough, but Rev. Luther is drooling all over the keyboard at the possibilities). Now, the Project’s proposal has been turned down.
The proposal went adrift because Ham and his fellow creationists forced potential new hires to sign a declaration of faith before they can climb aboard and set sail. When the storm moved in, secular groups were forced to drop the anchor and try to make Ham walk the plank.
Ham, of course denies everything and insists that the religious oath was only meant for the non-profit part of the project–like designing the Ark, the religious object everyone is going to be looking at if this Turkey flies (boat ever gets christened?). You can see some of the actual job postings over at Dan Arel’s Patheos blog, Danthropology.
In related news, the Ark Encounters website just ran a feature on a crocaduck.
Updates as the tide comes in.
C.A.A.C.A. got the story from Faith Street, http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/