Originally Posted by BR
Democratic Governor of Tennessee, Steve Beshear, has approved $43 million of tax breaks for a company to build a creationist theme park called "The Ark Encounter." This comes at a time when Tennessee's budget has been in crisis for three years running, cutting social services and education. Yet, $43 million dollars is totally available to make a Bible theme park.
Steve Beshear is an ignorant twat and should be tossed out of office.http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/2...nter-park.html
I'll call out the Dems when they do wrong. Yet, watch how quickly the righties here jumped to the defense of the tea party threats against a 16 year girl who challenged Michelle Bachman to a debate. Despicable partisanship.
Not sure I agree with targeted tax breaks of this nature, but I disagree with your premise. If tax breaks like this are available in general, why should this one be denied? Because it's bible-themed? There are real 1st and 14th Amendment problems with that. It's discrimination on religious grounds. Let me ask you...would you support such a tax credit for Arabian/Muslim-themed park? How about Jewish? How about Atheist?
The issue here is that the pendulum of the 1st Amendment has swung completely to one side. The 1st Amendment was never intended to banish all religion from the public square. It existed for two reasons: 1) To allow for freedom of worship, and 2) To prevent Congress (and later, the States) from establishing an official religion, such as was the case in Great Britain. What you fail to understand here is that denying a tax credit on religious grounds is as bad as promoting a single religion exclusively at the government level.