Sunday, December 21, 2014

Creationist Theme Park Throwing Hissy Fit After Being Denied Tax Breaks for Trying to Discriminate Against Employees

First let me start off by saying that the “theme park” being built in Kentucky by the religious radical group led by Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis, shouldn’t be getting any kind of tax breaks, subsidies or anything at all related to taxpayer money for its construction. This isn’t a “religious institution” like a church, it’s a business pushing radical religious propaganda. If they want to build this ridiculous thing, then they should pay for it themselves without any kind of tax breaks from the government – let alone $18 million worth.

Well, as it stands now, they’re no longer going to be getting those tax breaks – and the folks over at Answers in Genesis aren’t too happy about it.

According to the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Ark Encounter theme park has changed its position on hiring since it first applied for tax breaks in 2010 and now plans to discriminate based on religion during its employment process.

“State tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination or otherwise be used to advance religion,” Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart wrote in the letter. “The use of state incentives in this way violates the separation of church and state provisions of the Constitution and is therefore impermissible.”

And they’re exactly right. This “theme park” is nothing more than radical religious propaganda that has no business being funded in any way by the taxpayers. And the fact that they’re now going to use a person’s religious beliefs as a basis for hiring is just flat-out discrimination.

Naturally, Answers in Genesis isn’t too thrilled about this decision and is considering taking legal action. Though I can’t imagine what kind of an argument they could possibly make in court. It’s surprising enough that they were granted the initial approval for these tax breaks in the first place considering this park is nothing more than radical religious propaganda, but then to state that you’re going to use discrimination during your employment process is appalling. What if someone who’s a Christian, though just happens to be a homosexual, wants to work there? Are they going to deny them employment based upon their sexual orientation?

Honestly, the whole Answers in Genesis group absolutely disgusts me. I view them more like a cult than anything else. Because I believe that you honestly have to be absolutely delusional to believe the nonsense that they continue to push.

12 Gays of Christmas: Day 9

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Bryan Fischer: Torture Is A Christian Value

Conservatives have been falling all over themselves claiming that torture is perfectly constitutional and has value as an interrogation method. And now Bryan Fischer has declared torture a “Christian principle.” During his radio program on Thursday, American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer echoed conservatives such as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by insisting that torture isn’t prohibited by the Constitution and claimed that the Geneva Convention doesn’t protect terrorist suspects against the barbaric methods. Of course, it’s very clear that the Eighth Amendment prohibits torture as the Founding Fathers made their intention very clear during debate on the amendment in Congress in 1791. But Fischer made another claim that should outrage true Christians everywhere. Fischer stated that terrorists deserve to be tortured because the American people value Christian principles.
“They have absolutely no legal rights that they can claim anywhere. So whatever treatment we give them, if there is any mercy involved in it, they have no right to that; that is simply because we are a merciful people who are driven by Christian principles.”
Here’s the video via Right Wing Watch. 

This is absolutely twisted. This is how far conservative “Christians” have sunk in their desperate effort to continue torture as an interrogation method in America. Torture is not a Christian value. It’s not an American value. And it should be forever banned. Those who used it and authorized it should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Torture is an evil. It’s very unlikely that Jesus would find a reason to justify torturing another human being, no matter what they have done. Conservatives are sick if they actually believe torture is a Christian value. They’re not Christians, they’re monsters who should be condemned by the highest religious power in the land. Oh, that’s right. Pope Francis already did that earlier this year.

Pat Robertson: Gays 'Will Die Out Because They Don't Reproduce'

On “The 700 Club” last week, Pat Robertson took a question from a viewer who said she attends a church whose members aren’t allowed to date, leaving many church members “frustrated because we’re getting older and no one is getting married.”

Robertson found this to be absolutely ridiculous because a church with a no-dating policy will eventually “die out”… just like gay people.

“You know, those who are homosexual will die out because they don’t reproduce,” he said. “You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce. Same thing with that church, it’s doomed, it’s going to die out because it’s the most nonsensical thing I’ve heard in a long time.” 

Here’s The Internal Document The Salvation Army Doesn’t Want You To See

‘Tis the season. In cities across the country, Salvation Army volunteers wearing red Santa hats and aprons are ringing bells and soliciting donations. But if you were already thinking twice before dropping your hard-earned coins into those little red coffers you may want to think a third time.

We have obtained SA internal documents that give lie to its propaganda campaign to win back LGBT donors and staff and confirm what we’ve suspected all along: The Christian charity discriminates against LGBT people, but it doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

Of course, this isn’t an entirely new revelation. But the documents underscore the tug of war within the Methodist organization between religious laws, which leadership believes requires discrimination when it comes to marriage and sex, and civil laws, which ban discrimination in hiring and in the workplace.

SA is no stranger to antigay scandals. Perhaps the most infamous occurred in 2012, when Andrew Craibe, media relations director for SA Australia, said gay people should be put to death. SA officials denounced the claim in the strongest possible terms, but each time a similar incident occurs, the organization goes into public relations crisis mode, arguing that the individual incidents do not reflect its larger stance.

One of the documents Queerty obtained is a memo regarding the SA’s official views on what it calls “LGBT issues,” by midwest Commissioner Paul Seiler. Dated February 21, 2014, the policy statement was emailed to officers in the Salvation Army’s Central Territory, which serves Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North & South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.

Subject line: “LGBT issues in light of equality of marriage laws.”

“This is not for public use,” the letter warns, “including social media of any sort.”

Karl Rove: Bush ‘Was Briefed And Intimately Involved’ Regarding Torture Decisions

In Karl Rove’s latest appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” he discussed the use of enhanced interrogation tactics used by the CIA that were recently detailed in a Senate report.

Rove vehemently defended the use of such tactics as well as the decision to use them by President George W. Bush. He claims Bush knew all along what techniques were being used, and that the report which says he was in the dark and didn’t know what was going on is plainly incorrect.

Rove said:
“He’s says in his book, describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision, he made the decision. He was presented I believe twelve techniques. He authorized the use of ten of them, including water-boarding. This isn’t a footnote, and it is illustrative of the problem with this report. They simply didn’t talk to the people, they talked to no one. They simply read documents, and it’s like the Queen of Hearts, you know, verdict first, judgement first, verdict second. They came to a predetermined conclusion before they ever even began.”
Watch below:

Rove also said of the tactics:
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