Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kentucky Public Schools Warned About Taking Field Trips to Noah’s Ark Park

By Linda Blackford and Bill Estep
Full-Scale Noah's Ark Opens in Kentucky
KENTUCKY---A secular foundation has contacted hundreds of public schools in Kentucky to warn them against taking field trips to the Ark Encounter, the new amusement park featuring a 500-foot replica of Noah’s Ark and a belief that the world is only 6,000 years old. Officials with the Freedom From Religion Foundation say field trips would expose children to religious proselytizing that would violate the constitutional separation between church and state. In reply, Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt sent a message to school districts late Monday saying that neither outside groups nor the Kentucky Department of Education should dictate field trip selection. [link]