January 27th, 2011
01:13 PM ET
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. chet

    Would the state allow a Mohammad Mountain Park and allow tax breaks or incentives if it too made all five "points" to qualify? Why not be a church themed park and allow the church to get tax breaks? Would there be any complaints then?

    January 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  2. Aaron

    Really, why is there a controversy over what Kentucky uses their money, if its will boost their economy then good for them. If people are worried about religion and belief stop using the currency that states "In God WE TRUST" and lets see where your belief system is at then. This country was foundd on Christianity, and it declares all laws, and rules on the belief in God, from putting our hand on the bible to swear in court to our constitution and bill of rights, that gives people the right to complain. So people need to get a grip on reality or move to a different country.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  3. Garry Russell

    Noas Arc / Pyramids of Giza / Taj Mahal / The Colosseum ... If they were building an exact replica of the Pyramids, nobody would say a word against the religion behind that one. Or If they were building an exact replica of the Taj Mahal, who'd complain about the religion behind that one...? The amaizing Arc built by Noah and his family.... well now you got something to complaign about... I don't understand why Biblical Beliefs have to take the blunt of discrimating critics and get away with it. Garry Russell

    January 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  4. Maria

    Separate, for-profit organization?
    This park is presenting a clearly religious view of history (and science) and should stay away from government incentives.

    January 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  5. Shelly

    I disagree with Mr. Lynn's approach to debating the matter. His comments were completely disrespectful and an inappropriate.

    It's frightening that a person could call themself a ordained minister but be opposed of the expression of religion. Isn't that ironic?

    The ACLU is known for frivolous lawsuits that clog the legal system and have tons of financial backing. Someone needs to find out who's really opposed to the theme park. I doubt the State would be opposed to getting the additional tourism...but other theme parks are probably afraid no one will come to their parks. It more likely a business issue and not a religious concern.

    January 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  6. Josephus

    I think Rev. Lynn was right on target. The Ark Park is a religious ministry, and religious ministries ought to supported by the faithful, not government tax kickbacks. It is an embarassment to Christians when we turn to Ceasar to help finance the work of evangelism.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  7. Dan McCarl

    Barry Lynn acted like a freshman in college with his unicorn jabs. Mr. Lynn give it a break and act like an adult. And Arnold is right. He has just as much of a belief system as Ken Ham.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  8. Bob

    The park is to be treated like a business or like a religious getaway. If it's a business, it's subject to taxes and the benefits set aside by the government. If it's religious, then they're not going to pay taxes and they're not going to recieve business support funds.

    You can't have it both ways.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  9. Bob

    @Arnold Are you telling me that believing that everything we see came from nothing over billions of years is not a belief system – a religion?

    You have no clue what you're talking about. The big bang does not say there was nothing before it. Perhaps you should do a bit of research. Of course, you'd actually have to read a book other then the bible to come to that conclusion.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  10. Polly Brown

    Barry Lynn was rude with his interrupting, and his sarcastic comments were highly inappropriate. How unprofessional! His straw man argument to justify his opinion was pathetic.

    What a great opportunity for Kentucky to have a theme park which will draw thousands – then millions- of visitors to the area. And how wonderful that those who are Bible-believing Christians will have a top-quality place to take their children, instead of the many secular humanist museums and theme parks that saturate our culture. Why would some one want to hinder that potential blessing? Sad, narrow-minded and so intolerant.

    Bring on the Ark, Mr. Ham. Can't wait to experience the re-enactment of Biblical history with my family.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  11. Justin

    Barry Lynn is claiming that the tax payers bear a financial "burden". However, the phrase “tax incentives” does not mean monetary distributions given by a government to those that build within its boundaries. “Tax incentives” are exemptions, deferrals, abatements or tax credits toward taxes realized against revenue earned.

    In other words, without the park there would be no tax money for the state and none of the ancillary benefits that come alongside a park of that size and scope.

    Alternatively, with the park they will realize money for the state (less for the period defined for the incentive), as well as other opportunities, growth and jobs – which provide additional tax dollars.

    So in a sense Barry is suggesting that the government is making financial decisions without doing the math. Hard to swallow Barry, but more important, I would like to know your justification for arguing Unicorns?

    January 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  12. Arnold

    Who is the Barry Lynn trying to fool? I can't stand it when someone just shoots their mouth off with unrelated mumble and tries to confuse the issue. Do a little homework before coming on tv like that. Everyone has a belief system. He makes fun of Ken Hams belief that the Bible is true. Are you telling me that believing that everything we see came from nothing over billions of years is not a belief system – a religion? Give me a break. However this isn't about what someone believes. It's about huge revenue being brought into Kentucky and the state of Kentucky giving some incentive for that but only after the park has been built and has produced revenue.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  13. Nick

    That Barry Lynn guy seems like an insensitive prick

    January 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |