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Religious Museum Loses $18 Million In Taxpayer Funding After Insisting ‘Right’ To Discriminate

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An under-construction museum that refuses to comply with state non-discrimination laws finally lost $18 million in taxpayer funding.

Ken Ham‘s embattled and controversial Noah’s Ark museum was just dealt another blow. For years the founder of the Creation Museum dreamed of opening a second attraction in Kentucky, Ark Encounter. Ken Ham’s non-profit ministry, Answers In Genesis, which to some might look like a for-profit corporation despite its religious wrappings, also runs his Creation Museum. 

Ham is a fundamentalist extremist who believes the earth is just 6000 years old and everything in the bible is not only the word of god but unchallengeable incontrovertible fact. He makes his employees sign a statement of faith that most Christians in America likely could not, at least not without lying. That statement would effectively bar all atheists, gay people, and people of any faith not Christianity from employment.

LOOK: Kentucky Shocked Creationist’s Tax-Funded Ark Museum Will Discriminate On Basis Of Religion

But now, Ham’s Ark Encounter is at risk. He had applied for and been given initial support from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority to receive tax waivers totaling $18 million. Those are now gone, after his attorney filed a six-page letter refusing to promise the Ark Encounter would not discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion. 

Kentucky’s Tourism Arts & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart wrote Ham’s attorney explaining, “it is readily apparent that the project has evolved from a tourism attraction to an extension of AIG’s ministry that will no longer permit the Commonwealth to grant the project tourism development incentives.”

Ham may have cooked his goose when he issued a scathing fundraising letter last month attacking Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s administration and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“Atheist groups have launched major attacks in various ways,” the letter reads. “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!”

Right now, because of pressure from atheists and some very liberal newspapers in Kentucky on state government officials, our freedom of speech and freedom of religion with this outreach are now under attack.

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.

Otherwise known as discrimination.

 

Image via Ark Encounter
Hat tip: Joe Jervis

 

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1/6 Committee Issues Subpoena With Damning Revelation About Trump’s Focus to Former White House Spokesperson

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A top Trump White House spokesperson who pushed the “Big Lie” and reportedly has “firsthand knowledge” of then-President Donald Trump’s behavior on the day before and day of the insurrection has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who earlier Friday issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans believed to have submitted false and forged Electoral College claims, has sent a subpoena to former Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere, CNN reports.

The Committee indicated to Deere it wants to focus on the day before the attempted coup, and “specifically said it wanted to speak with him about the January 5 staff meeting in the Oval Office with the President.”

In a damning revelation, Chairman Thompson’s letter “said it had obtained information that Trump repeatedly asked in the meeting: ‘What are your ideas for getting the RINOs to do the right thing tomorrow? How do we convince Congress?'”

U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), who sits on the January 6 Committee, Friday evening told CNN, the Committee thinks Deere “had a hand in formulating the strategy and some of the media discussions on the day of Jan. 6 and the president’s response.”

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Watch: Anti-Vaxx ‘Expert’ Claims COVID-19 Vaccines Will Turn People Into ‘Transhumanist Cyborgs’ Controlled by 5G

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Sherri Tenpenny is an influential religious-right anti-vaccine activist who has testified before the Ohio state House, appeared on Charlie Kirk’s podcast, and been a speaker at multiple ReAwaken America events, where she has shared the stage with the likes of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Eric Trump, Mike Lindell, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and Alex Jones.

Despite the fact that Tenpenny is an osteopathic doctor with no expertise on vaccines, she regularly appears on right-wing programs where she spreads wild conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines.

Recently, she has begun to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to create “quantum entanglement” between those who take them and the internet in an effort to turn humanity into “transhumanist cyborgs.”

“The stated goal is to depopulate the planet and the ones that are left, either make them chronically sick or turn them into transhumanist cyborgs that can be manipulated externally by 5G, by magnets, by all sorts of things,” Tenpenny said during an appearance on “The Stew Peters Show” Thursday night. “I got dragged through the mud by the mainstream media when I said that in May of last year in front of the House committee in Columbus, [Ohio]. Well, guess what? It’s all true.”

“The whole issue of quantum entanglement and what the shots do in terms of the frequencies and the electronic frequencies that come inside of your body and hook you up to the ‘Internet of Things,’ the quantum entanglement that happens immediately after you’re injected,” she continued. “You get hooked up to what they’re trying to develop. It’s called the hive mind, and they want all of us there as a node and as an electronic avatar that is an exact replica of us except it’s an electronic replica, it’s not our God given body that we were born with. And all of that will be running through the metaverse that they’re talking about. All of these things are real, Stew. All of them. And it’s happening right now. It’s not some science fiction thing happening out in the future; it’s happening right now in real time.”

 

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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1/6 Committee Subpoenas 14 Republicans Who Allegedly Submitted Forged Electoral Certificates

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Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Friday afternoon announced the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans from seven states who submitted the forged and “bogus” Electoral College certificates falsely claiming Donald Trump and not Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in their states.

The Chairman appeared to suggest the existence of a conspiracy as well, noting the “the planning and coordination of efforts,” saying “these so-called alternate electors met,” and may know “who was behind that scheme.”

He adds that “groups of individuals met on December 14th, 2020 in seven states carried by President Biden.”

“The so-called alternate electors from those states then transmitted the purported Electoral-College certificates to Congress, which multiple people advising former President Trump or his campaign used to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th, 2021.”

Some legal experts have said their actions may constitute a felony.

 

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