Fuck you and the dinasour you rode in on doesn't work when bible based legislatures use tax dollars for biblical interpertation.

Crossing the Church-State Divide by Ark

MAY 30, 2011

The American landscape is dotted with tourist attractions created with the help of government subsidies bestowed in the name of economic development. Think of the cheese museum in Rome, N.Y. A project just approved in Kentucky pushes the constitutional envelope.

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority granted more than $40 million in tax incentives for a planned $172 million Bible-based theme park, featuring a full-size replica of Noah’s ark, complete with live animals.

Conceived by the Christian ministry that built the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., the Ark Encounter park aims to promote a literal interpretation of the Bible by “proving” that Noah had room on his vessel to fit two of every kind of animal. Ark Encounter is owned by a profit-making company, of which the ministry is a part owner.

The project enjoys strong support from Kentucky’s Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, who says it is an opportunity to create an estimated 900 jobs. We suspect he is also eager to please an important political constituency.

Under current Supreme Court doctrine, Kentucky’s support of the proselytizing theme park seems likely to withstand a possible church-state legal challenge, assuming state officials were scrupulous in applying the neutral financial criteria in the state’s economic development law. It is not even clear that the court’s conservative majority would find taxpayers have standing to sue.

But granting tax incentives to the explicitly Christian enterprise clearly clashes with the First Amendment’s prohibition on government establishment of religion. Public money is not supposed to pay to advance religion. Kentucky’s citizens should certainly ask themselves if this is really the best use of taxpayer dollars.

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Comment by Chris on December 7, 2016 at 11:45pm

People, err taxpayers of KY are being forced to 'visit' the creation museum through their tax 'contribution.'

Noah must have been amazing by capuring critters from Austraila such as Kangaroos and Platipus's.

How do literal biblicists reconcile this?

Cognative dissonance with other topics must result in lack of rational thinking through out inerrent bible believers in their everyday lives.

Comment by Chris on December 6, 2016 at 5:02pm

Brainwashing – Learn How Its Done So You Can Undo It

How Your Abuser Brainwashed You

Once the abuser has your empathy (and attention), they use coercion techniques outlined by a sociologist named Albert Biderman in 1957 and adopted by Amnesty International in their Report of Torture.

1. Isolation

Abusers isolate victims from family and friends. If the abuser cannot isolate you, then it is unlikely your relationship will last very long because your friends and family support you and point out things they don’t like about your new love. Your support network is your reality check against what the abuser wants you to believe.

Cults and other groups that use brainwashing to control others have multiple members who already fell under the group’s spell. The desire to “go along” helps cult leaders bring victims into the fold. Your abuser is a one-man-band (or a one-woman-band) so they have to work harder than a cult leader to isolate you. Abusers create barriers between you and your supporters by

  • finding fault with your friends and implying you don’t want to be like them or else,
  • introducing you to their group of friends (often other abusers) and insisting their friends are superior to yours or participating in social events only if their friends host,
  • acting jealous of others and implying you are sexually attracted to friends or strangers,
  • talking about you behind your back to make your friends doubt their perception of you (especially effective if your friends are catty, new to you, or young),
  • acting like such a great guy or gal that your unsuspecting friends cannot believe the abuser is the evil, foul creature they truly are,
  • calling you their soul-mate and creating a fictional world where only the two of you exist,
  • convincing you to move where they live or want to live, far away from those who love you.

In your relationships to come, be constantly aware of your connections to your friends. If you find yourself slipping away from your support system, reconnect immediately.

2. Monopolization of Perception

“Monopolization of perception” is Biderman’s fancy way of saying four things:

  1. Abuser keeps your attention on them (may act like they love you so much they can’t bear to be away from you, cause drama in your relationship, act jealous, blow little things out of proportion, break into tears or become angry and expect you to know why, etc.)
  2. Abuser says things that cause you to turn introspective – you look inward to solve problems of your soul (whether they truly exist or not)
  3. Abuser attempts to remove from your world anything they cannot control (doesn’t want you to watch certain television shows, talks badly about the groups/clubs you belong to, tells you where to get your clothes or wants to shop with you,…you get the picture).
  4. Abuser makes it almost impossible for you to do those things that are off-limits (texts/calls incessantly while you’re with friends, shows up unexpectedly, creates uncomfortable feelings, …whatever they can do to force you into compliance while making it seem like you choose to comply).

3. Induced Debility & Exhaustion

Abuser attempts to weaken your ability to resist their control by

  • Announcing certain emotions are unacceptable or make fun of you when you show certain emotions (you have no “right” to be angry or frightened, to cry, to find humor in anything other than sarcasm because sarcasm lends itself to accepting abuse through jokes),
  • Finding ways to make you feel guilty for not going along with them or agreeing to their opinions,
  • Claiming your character is sub-par and insisting that you correct it,
  • Keeping you busy meeting their “high standards” of beauty, cleanliness, holiness, parenting, etc.
  • Demanding you make friends with their boss’s spouse, attend social functions that enhance their career,
  • Adding responsibilities to your life that are above and beyond what is usually expected in a relationship,
  • And anything else that forces you to show joy or contentment despite the heavy demands placed on your time and character.

4. Threats

this post is an excerpt from Kellie Jo Holly's book

The abuser threatens to leave you (or much much worse!) if you [fill in the blank]. The abuser’s threats are credible to you.

5. Occasional Indulgences

The abuser will sometimes be especially nice or allow you temporary freedoms for being “good”. In the cycle of abuse, the period of indulgences is known as the honeymoon period  which follows an episode of intense emotional, verbal or physical abuse. These intermittent treats come at any time the abuser feels they’re pushing you too hard and senses that you’ve had enough of their crap.

The abuser’s occasional indulgences of your wishes works to “keep you in the club” so to speak. If you get one thing you want even after you’ve lost a hundred other things you wanted, it is enough for you to want to “earn” more or to comply with the abuser’s demands. You may even fool yourself into thinking the abuser is “coming around” or changing.

In a reverse situation, consider a child’s temper tantrums. Every day for 3 days you ignore the child’s tantrum and do not give him what he wants. Then, on the fourth day, you can’t take it anymore and give the brat his candy. What do you think that child is going to do on day 5? One good thing after a hundred bad things is enough to make you keep trying to please the abuser – especially after your support network is gone, your abuser is your sole focus, and you’re mentally and physically drained by the abuser’s demands.

6. Demonstrating “Omnipotence”

Most abusers stalk you during the relationship, use their friends or exploit lucky coincidences to prove that they know everything you do when they are not present. Perhaps they have a job in the military or working with computers and convince you that they can track you wherever you are (but, in reality, have placed a GPS locator in your car or purse). Your abuser may seem like s/he is everywhere and you do not have one second to yourself.

Abusers also display omnipotence by playing judge, jury, and prosecutor. They say what you did, why you did it, and dole out a punishment suitable to your crime. Nothing you do or say will stop the verbal or physical violence of their punishment, and by the time the abuser is done berating you, you may feel as if you deserve to be punished.

7. Enforcing Trivial Demands

My husband once told me that I should know the exact cost of cleaning the bathtub. He wanted an account of the cost of the cleaning product, how much of it I used, and how long it took to clean the tub. He insisted that my time was worth minimum wage and wanted to know how much it cost him to get his bathtub clean each week. Your abuser will make the same type of demands on your time, thought processes, and emotional energy as you dread what will happen if you don’t comply.

The demand could even concern something that once pleased you, like gardening or painting. However, due to your abuser’s insane requests to do it this way, or do it during this time frame or under these circumstances, you lose interest or begin to detest your hobby (or job!).

8. Degradation

The abuser causes more harm to you when you resist their demands and stand up for yourself. Anytime your anger rises and the abuser must deal with your fury, the punishment is quicker and more severe than if you just did the damn thing to start with. You feel as if complying preserves more self-respect than refusing to do it.

Your abuser will degrade you with words, through physical/sexual assault or rape, and humiliate you in front of their friends or your coworkers at any time. Your humiliation degrades your sense of self-worth to a level lower than scum on the bathtub you clean. You become “nothing” in your mind. You fight to prove your worth to your abuser in whatever fashion they dictate because, by this time, your abuser and your relationship with them is your only reality.

Your brain is washed clean of the healthy thinking and positive relationships you once held dear. I feel drained by simply writing this post and recalling the ways my ex brainwashed me. But, like me and a million other survivors, you can reverse the effects of abuse and brainwashing in less time than it took the abuser to gain control over you.

Comment by Chris on December 6, 2016 at 5:00pm

One big lie is that no one is being forced to visit the ark.  Brainwashed children are being forced.

More than likely children in elementary school are taken on field trips to the creationist museum. Perhaps parents can excuse them just as they can be excluded from other bible based activities that are predominate in the Bible belt.

Freedom of religion for the (xtian) Taliban/ISIS means freedom to force their beliefs upon others.

Comment by Michael Penn on December 4, 2016 at 11:05am

The taxpayers will end up bailing that one out because I hear it's not going well. Theists want to continue claiming this old Ark story as true, now saying that all the animals would fit on that vessel if they were young and Noah just chose "kinds" for the species.

Look this up. The Bible talks of the animals, male and female, kinds, and also "sorts." Please tell me WTF is a sort?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2016 at 1:47pm

One big lie is that no one is being forced to visit the ark.  Brainwashed children are being forced.

Comment by Chris on November 30, 2016 at 9:51pm

Mark Looy says:

Here is a letter to the editor of the Times to correct its misrepresentation of the Ark project’s funding:

Editor: A May 30 editorial leads readers to the wrong conclusion about the proposed Ark Encounter attraction in northern Kentucky. Taxpayers, contrary to what was stated, will not see their money used to build or operate the Ark Encounter. No money will be taken out of the state’s budget to fund the Ark.

If the Ark meets attendance goals and sees tourism dollars flow into the state, it will receive partial rebates on sales taxes paid by its visitors. At the end of an operating year, the money going back to the attraction will be from those who chose to visit; no unwilling taxpayer will subsidize the Ark. Thus, there is no establishment of religion. Neither is anyone being forced to visit and hear about the history of the Earth according to the Bible, including its account of the Ark.

It’s too bad the Times wasn’t able to better fact-check its piece.


Mark Looy
Ark Encounter/Creation Museum



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