There are press releases and then there are press releases: “FRANKFORT, Ky.— Governor Steve Beshear today joined the Ark Encounter LLC to announce the planned construction of a full-scale Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in northern Kentucky.” Of course! Get all the state’s most important officials over there. This is going to be big. IT’S GOING TO NEED SOME ANIMALS SO STOP SHOOTING AND DEEP-FRYING THEM ALL, KENTUCKY. This new theme park will also include “a replica of the Tower of Babel with exhibits, a 500-seat 5-D special effects theater, an aviary, and a first-century Middle Eastern village.” This is obviously the most important thing Kentucky has done since inventing the horse.
So, another Creationist theme park. Despite their glee, Kentucky must be careful to exercise the separation of church and state.
Developers are seeking state tax incentives under the Kentucky Tourism Development Act. If they qualify — and Beshear indicated they would — they could receive as much as $37.5 million in incentives.
Perfect. Don’t worry, libruls. Kentucky has thought about this. This theme park is very much a for-profit endeavor and ABSOLUTELY no money will go to, say, helping the poor, so it’s all good. Just business. [Kentucky Governor/Louisville Courier-Journal]