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Thayer Proud of Ark Encounter

After being criticized in a New York Times editorial for crossing the church-state divide, the controversial Ark Encounter has a supporter in state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, who is proud the park is being built in his district.

The creationist theme park has been a divisive initiative championed by Governor Steve Beshear, who says it is a job creating opportunity for the state while others have mocked creationist views, criticized the constitutionality and spending priorities in the commonwealth as a result of the project.

From cn|2 Pure Politics (h/t B&P):

According to The Christian Post, park developers have raised over $3 million toward building the life-sized Noah’s Ark.

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Education Commissioner Candidate Cheek Scrutinized

Thanks to Ron Smith, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond

As the Kentucky Board of Education continues follow-up work on the four finalists for education commissioner interviewed last week, one of those candidates is getting extra public scrutiny for some papers he wrote in the 1980s on Creationism, in which he questioned the concept of evolution.

Dennis Cheek is now a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

He told reporters during a break in the interview process this week that his views have moderated, and he doesn’t believe that Intelligent Design should be taught in public schools. Cheek cited a court case on the issue.

“The judge ruled that ID was a concept with heavy religious overtones and not part of the science curriculum and I agree with him,” Cheek said.

The Kentucky Board of Education is expected to announce its choice for education commissioner next Friday.