(Florence, Kentucky) The hearing on the lawsuit against Answers in Genesis and the Boone County Fiscal Court —over the court’s approval of AiG’s rezoning request on land for a Creation Museum—will be held this Friday, February 4, 2000 (location still to be determined). AiG is asking its supporters worldwide to be in prayer that morning.
The forces opposing AiG’s rezoning had the former judge remove himself from the case for alleged potential conflict of interest on his part. (The judge once owned a parcel of land that AIG had a real estate agent examine about three years ago.) This obvious delaying tactic forced the postponement of an October 15 trial date and saw the assignment of a new circuit court judge, Hon. Douglas M. Stephens, to hear the case.
The county commissioners (i.e., the Fiscal Court) of Boone County had voted 3-1 on May 6 to approve AiG’s rezoning application on 47 acres of land fronting I-275 (at exit 11) and a few miles west of the Cincinnati Airport (in Boone County). The lawsuit to stop the rezoning—naming AIG and the Fiscal Court as defendants—was spearheaded by a couple who are not neighbors, but live over two miles away; another couple, living near the site, are also plaintiffs.
AIG, which is to build a 95,000-sq.-ft. facility—with the museum and associated rooms making up about half of the building—will leave most of the 47 acres in its current park—like setting. It would be the home to a museum that would present a walk—through history of the world from a Biblical perspective. It would also house AiG’s headquarters. Since 1996, secular humanists and other opponents have aggressively attempted to censor the project, including resorting to spreading false rumors (e.g., calling AIG a ‘cult,’ and likening AIG president Ken Ham to Jim Jones, Adolph Hitler, and Charles Manson).
Even with the lawsuit, AIG is excited about the tremendous opportunities that the museum will afford, including opportunities to present evolution—free information concerning the history of the Earth and the universe. Since the May vote, exhibit planning and architectural drawings have been done. The stubborn opposition and blatant efforts to censor AIG only strengthens its resolve to see this legal battle to its successful conclusion, and is asking its supporters to pray now and through February 4.
Help keep these daily articles coming. Support AiG.
“Now that I have updated, revised, and expanded The Lie, I believe it’s an even more powerful, eyeopening book for the church—an essential resource to help all of us to understand the great delusion that permeates our world! The message of The Lie IS the message of AiG and why we even exist! It IS the message God has laid on our hearts to bring before the church! It IS a vital message for our time.”
– Ken Ham, president and founder of AiG–U.S.
Answers magazine is the Bible-affirming, creation-based magazine from Answers in Genesis. In it you will find fascinating content and stunning photographs that present creation and worldview articles along with relevant cultural topics. Each quarterly issue includes a detachable chart, a pullout children’s magazine, a unique animal highlight, excellent layman and semi-technical articles, plus bonus content. Why wait? Subscribe today and get a FREE DVD download!