No Pork For Ham* – A Follow-up

Grifters Gotta Grift

Jeebus on a dino

We should have seen this one coming now that Kentucky has realized that it was being grifted by the founder of Answers in Genesis’ Ken Hamm, who is clearly Elmer Gantry without the sex appeal:

Ken Ham fundraising letter accuses Beshear administration of launching ‘massive attack’ on religious freedom

As you may recall Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet suddenly realized that Ham’s latest embarrassing theme park (Noah’s Ark After Dark Park or some such thing) was actually a ministry to convert the heathen, would hire only Xristians (and make them sign an oath), and would not follow equal opportunity laws, especially they would discriminate against gay people. The Cabinet therefore refused Ham’s project request to keep 25% of tax revenue (about $18M over 10 years).

Which of course means that Ham is suffering the outrageous slings and arrows of religious persecution!

“Atheist groups have launched major attacks in various ways. They tried to derail our bond offering, and are now attempting to undermine the sales tax refund incentive for the Ark project. These secularists are ‘rocking the boat’ and we have had to work hard to counter their attacks. But through it all, God has blessed and the Ark construction is well underway!

Kentucky’s State Government is an atheist group? The 11th Commandment is a god-given right for Y’all Qaeda to bilk the taxpayer, and I think that is scriptural, but I could be wrong.

One letter from the State of Kentucky to AiG makes it clear that the state seeks to discriminate against us because of our Christian message. The letter from a state official, with statements that criticize us for having an evangelistic purpose and possibly hiring Ark staff who agree with our Christian faith, is remarkable.

This thinking is so twisted, it is outrageously hard to unravel what he thinks that the First Amendment does. There is nothing there that says every ministry has the right to grift.

Here is one of the many incredible statements in that letter (which was also obtained and published by the liberal media): ‘The Commonwealth (of Kentucky) must have the express written assurance from Ark Encounter, LLC that it will not discriminate in any way on the basis of religion in hiring.’

But as is clear settled law, churches and other religious organizations are allowed to hire employees who agree with their religious viewpoint!

Which is true, Ken. So is it a public amusement park, or is it a church? You can discriminate legally if it is a church, but you cannot get your hands on those sweet, sweet tax dollars if it is.

Even though this governmental heavy-handedness could mean an unjust loss of $18 million in sales tax refunds over 10 years, we will not — in any way — water down our message!”

How can it be a loss if it was never yours to begin with, Ken? You think you are entitled to that tax break?

So please send your contributions to Answers in Grifting, um, well what does he say here:

Ham closes the letter by saying they need $14 million more in donations to complete the first scaled-back phase of Ark Encounter construction, enclosing a reply form soliciting donations directly to AiG. They also note that such gifts to their 501(c)(3) are “tax deductible.”

How can you be a tax-deductible charity if you are also a for-profit public limited liability corporation? Good thing the new Republican Congress is stripping funding from the IRS to investigate this sort of thing.

Soliciting supposedly tax-deductible donations to the nonprofit ministry AiG for the Ark Encounter project potentially opens up the project to another legal challenge, as the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently asked the IRS to investigate and possibly strip AiG of its tax-exempt status due to blurring the lines between it and the for-profit Ark Encounter, LLC they created and own. AiG created Ark Encounter in order to qualify for state tax incentives, but still appears to be soliciting tax-deductible donations for the park and requiring a religious test for job applicants — both legal if they wanted to do so on its own, but beyond the acceptable scope for a for-profit company seeking tax incentives under Kentucky law.

* Hat tip to Big Bad Bald Bastard for coining that headline.

Bad Signs, Cont.

sink-this-ship

And here we go again. Theocrat grifter Ken Ham somehow thinks this will help him win a tax break from Kentucky so he can recoup 25% of all the taxes on his yet-to-be-built (with tax payer dollars) Noah’s Ark Park After Dark Lark (or whatever he is calling it these days)?

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Patrick)

Grifters Gotta Grift

arkAnd once again we turn our attention to lunatic theocrat Ken Ham, who is still trying to grift Kentucky out of tax money to build his Noah’s Ark Park After Dark, or whatever it is supposed to be called.

Anyway, lo all these years later and with incentives and other public money coming into his biblical coffers and nothing to show for it, Ham tried again to get yet MORE public money his way:

Answers in Genesis — the group behind the park — was seeking approval to participate in a state tax-incentive program that would have let the park keep 25 percent of the sales tax it collects for 10 years, amounting to more than $18 million.

But someone in the state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet came to their senses after Ham started talking about his theme park as a ministry and how they were only going to hire Xristians (actually have them sign a statement of faith!), and no gay people,  and… and … well, the problems begin mounting to the point that even Kentucky couldn’t find a way to justify it any longer:

“State tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination or otherwise be used to advance religion,” Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart wrote in the letter. “The use of state incentives in this way violates the separation of church and state provisions of the Constitution and is therefore impermissible.”

But you cannot keep a good grifter down. It seems Ham has already gotten his hams on a fortune:

The $73 million first phase of the Ark Encounter involves building a 510-foot wooden ark in Grant County that promotes the biblical account of Noah.

I might be wrong on this, but I think Ham first started proposing this when Chimpy was still in office and still nothing is built. It is going to be really interesting to see an accounting of how that $73M has been spent to date. I’m sure a lot of it must be grant money, which not only means that there will be accounting, it could also mean that he’s already exceeded the terms and might have to give it back.

Something is not right in Grant County.

(Courier-Journal and Americans United)

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal invites you to come to Louisiana (providing you are not going to a tropical medicine conference).

Of course, this could be just another cynical plot twist to get Y’all Qaeda to support his run in The 2016 Goat Rodeo, if he can prise them away from Uncle Sugar.

Some White Whine With Your Crow, Mr. Starnes?

Todd Starnes Status

Disingenuous southern sweet-talking theocrat-grifter Todd Starnes’ new book-like thingy was rejected by a lieberry in Alaskastan. This, of course, is religious persecution:

I called the public library and had a very nice chat with the librarian. She confirmed that my book had indeed been turned away. She said there were not enough “professional reviews.”

That’s odd – because “God Less America” had plenty of reviews. Gov. Mike Huckabee praised my “Southern storytelling and investigative journalism.” Sean Hannity heralded my “signature humor.” And my Aunt Lynn said I was her “favorite nephew.”…

I can’t say I’m all that surprised that the public library refused to accept my book. A few years ago Amazon banned my second book, “Dispatches From Bitter America.” They said it contained offensive material…

But that’s how the tolerance and diversity crowd operates. They don’t burn books – they just ban them.

His trump card of getting positive reviews from fellow Fox News employees didn’t sway her? That almost as funny as the time Ann Althouse emailed the Blogger help desk and told them how important she is, and that even Instapundit read her blog, and…

Well, Mooselini’s Not A Scientist, Fer Sure

Mooselini whatevs

“The global warming hysteria is to this century what eugenics was to the last. So much of it is junk science that will inevitably be discredited once the hysteria dies down and actual science prevails.”

–From Sarah Palin’s MyFace Place

Maybe He’ll Run A Third Time?

Alaskastan’s not favorite son, Joe Miller has lost his bid to become their OTHER senator to former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan.

The Tea Party’s Miller lost to Sullivan 32% to 40%, and will not be facing incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Miller, a long-time protégé of Sarah Palin previously lost to a write-in campaign for incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Condolences to Alaska’s part-time governor and full-tim grifter Mooselini in small bills. A grifter still’s gotta grift.

…and the Floodgates of Discrimination Open

[The Hobby Lobby] decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action. Their call, in a letter sent to the White House Tuesday, attempts to capitalize on the Supreme Court case by arguing that it shows the administration must show more deference to the prerogatives of religion. “We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need,” the letter states.

The shorter version of which Atrios has posted:

Please continue to give us lots of tax money but God doesn’t want us to hire any gay people so don’t make us do that. Hate the sin and love the sinner and all that, but really hate the sinner too because we can’t possibly be in the same room as those people. And no worries, we’ll have no problem administering social programs with all of that sweet sweet tax money to all people equally, and by all we mean most, and by most we mean some, because have you seen most people? They’re just disgusting.

Just keep sending the checks.

I couldn’t do it any better.