I know that there are many caves in Kentucky. So, to ensure that Kentucky is not showing favoritism, perhaps the same entrepreneurs/grant writers can find a cave where tourists will be able to listen to “God/Allah” dictating suras to Muhammad. If they really want to address unemployment, they could even pay former coal miners and tobacco farmers to dress up like Arabs to recreate the Battle of Badr. The Qur’an tells us that angels fought alongside Muhammad’s Medinans at Badr. So, there would even be some supernatural religious content! Of course, less costly theme parks could be based on the Bodhi Tree, where the Buddha attained Enlightenment. Maybe a new grove of fig trees could be planted, for tourists awaiting inspiration? It would not be as dramatic as the Arabs and angels, or the kitschy ark, but it would be far more cost effective. The figs could even be harvested and sold to help cover costs.
Forty million dollars is not very much, when one considers the size of the federal deficit. Politicians in Kentucky claim that it will provide jobs. I find that argument ironic at a time when Kentucky’s two Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, are arguing against President Obama’s plan to keep stimulating the economy with federal dollars to pay for things like unemployment insurance and new jobs. I guess that it will always be the case that one politician’s definition of “pork” or “wasteful spending” will be another person’s job. I also acknowledge that one person’s belief in “God’s word” may be another person’s idea of superstition. In a society as religiously diverse as ours, we need to keep this in mind.
Citizen Sanity thinks that we should let religious groups pay for their own theme parks. It would keep the state and local budgets down, while preserving the separation of church and state.
Citizen Sanity aka The Rev. Dr. Stan Sears, Minister