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How Old Does Steve Daines Think the Planet Is?


I can’t believe I skipped over this detail about the Daines “Ohio” fundraiser in Kentucky–it’s taking place at the Creation Museum, which mixes dinosaurs, dragons, and turtles to explain how the Earth was created just thousands of years ago.

It’s not just that we probably shouldn’t have a US Congressman who doesn’t understand the basics of science making decisions about the environment; it’s the stunning hypocrisy of the Museum itself.

You see, the Creation Museum certainly didn’t get there by itself, as the New York Times noted in 2011:

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.

Even better, the state chipped in $11 million to build a better highway for the attraction:

In addition to the tax incentives, approved unanimously by the state’s tourism board, taxpayers may have to pony up another $11 million to improve a highway interchange near the site.

It does seem fitting that Mr. Daines would have a fundraiser in a place like this. After all, his “more jobs, less government” motto certainly hasn’t applied to his career. Why should apply to a batch of scientifically-challenged creationists who want the government to fund their religious views?


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a sixteen year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate. In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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