Kentucky Group Protest $11 Million Road Project For Christian Theme Park
Americans United for Separation of Church and State are protesting the plan to provide $11M in Kentucky state road improvements to support the Christian theme park where the centerpiece attraction is an alleged replica of Noah’s Ark.
“The Highway-36 appropriation is intended to promote and support a religious, evangelical enterprise, violating the separation of church and state and the Kentucky Constitution’s prohibitions on government support of religion,” said Luchenitser. “The KY-36 road project has only one purpose: to support the construction of the Ark Encounter Theme Park – a proposed biblical theme park that would be in the shape of a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark, using the dimensions set forth in the Bible.” Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet told CP that the project was necessary given the expected traffic increase courtesy of the Ark Park. “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is designing a project to accommodate a significant increase in traffic projected for KY 36 in Grant County, northern Kentucky,” said Wolfe.
RELATED: Last year the state of Kentucky granted over $40M in sales tax rebates to the theme park’s developers. The town where the park is located also gave them a 75% discount on property taxes for the next 30 years.
I am all for the separation of church and state, but I honestly don’t see what the big deal is. The State is responsible for road projects and we all know some of those get funneled down to local governments, but here’s the thing….the state makes turn lanes, traffic lights, intersections, widens road, add additional lanes, etc etc all the time for business including churches. If the traffic for the new business requires new roads etc the state or local governments put those in. Sometimes the cost is shared with the developers of a project but this stuff happens all the time. I don’t see what the big deal is. I mean just because it’s a Christian Theme Park shouldn’t make a difference…it needs road just like anyone or anything else. Help me out here folks, did I miss something?