EDITORIAL CARTOON: Render unto Kentucky

EDITORIAL CARTOON: Render unto Kentucky
Posted at 4:55 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 16:55:39-04

According to the Bible, Noah was chosen by God to build the Ark because he was an righteous man. But can the same be said about the builders of Ark Encounter?

The replica of Noah's biblical boat, which was built by Creation Museum group Answers in Genesis, has become a tourist attraction in Grant County. The state of Kentucky, in a controversial decision, granted the attraction $18 million in tax incentives.

But the owners of Ark Encounter have sailed into stormy waters. Answers in Genesis sold the parcel of land on which the Ark Encounter rests to Crosswater Canyon, an affiliated nonprofit, for $10. Crosswater Canyon's nonprofit status allows the owners to sidestep taxes that would have otherwise been collected by Kentucky and the city of Williamstown.

In response, the Kentucky Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet have ordered the state incentives suspended.

Kevin Necessary is the editorial cartoonist for WCPO. His opinions do not reflect those of WCPO.