In Grant County, Kentucky, plans are underway to construct a theme park called Ark Encounter; a theme park on 800 acres with an exact “biblical” replica of Noah’s Ark. Along with the most famous boat in history, the park will include a 10 story Tower of Babel, as well as high tech simulations of Old Testament stories.

Depiction of the entry of animals onto the ship known as Noah's Ark as described in the Bible passage Genesis X in a 19th Century engraving by an unknown artist printed by Brain & Payne of Paternoster Row, London. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)

The idea itself is not particularly controversial until you throw in that Governor Beshear has announced tax incentives to support the construction of the park. The problem, it seems, is that developers of Ark Encounter have close ties to a Christian ministry called Answers in Genesis. Heaven forbid!

A Wall Street Journal opinion piece lays out the controversy in detail here. From the Governor’s point of view, he perhaps sees it as a possible jolt to the Kentucky economy creating jobs in the process. Others not so inclined to support a Christian project see it as an attempt to indoctrinate people with “creationism” while receiving tax benefits in the process.

Not only does the Ark Encounter theme park bring to light the controversy of using tax dollars to advance a religious view, it also brings to the forefront the controversy of using one’s religious views to make money.

Ark Encounter wouldn’t be free. The message, if you’re a Christian, would be worth the price of admission, but is it ethical? I’m not passing judgment, I’m asking the question. I’ve personally always had a problem with the idea of millionaire preachers.

So here’s the simple question for you, the enlightened readers, should Ark Encounter an 800 acre theme park in Kentucky be built through tax incentives? And if so, should matters of faith become matters of finance?

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