Religious Theme Park Causes Debate Over State Support

Governmental support for plans for a religious theme park in Kentucky featuring a replica of Noah's Ark have spurred protests.
March 11, 2011, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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The park is being supported by Governor Steve Beshear, who argues it will create jobs. Opponents say the creationist agenda of the park should not receive state support.

"The park's centerpiece will be a replica of Noah's Ark, a wooden boat longer than a football field. Other attractions include a first-century Middle Eastern Village, a Tower of Babel and a Walled City. When Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear announced Kentucky's support last December for the "Ark Encounter," he touted the economic impact.

"This is a $150 million investment that is projected to create nearly 900 jobs, including almost 550 full-time jobs," Beshear says."

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Published on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in NPR
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