Creation Bulletin, November 2014

aiglibr162Creation Bulletin, Vol. 40, No. 10, November 2014, monthly, free download or $20 membership, 2 pages.

Editor: Dave Johnson.

Twin Cities Creation Science Association, 6300 Georgia Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428-2526. Website

Table of contents
Meeting Announcement : Brilliant: Mankind Made In the Image of God / Bruce Malone. p. 1.
Science Fair, February 14, 2015. p. 1.
Coming Up… p. 1.
Have you considered… p. 1.
Creationwise by Dan Lietha (cartoon). p. 2.

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Nature Friend, November 2014

aiglibr160Nature Friend, Vol. 32, No. 11, November 2014, monthly, $38, 28 pages. ISSN: 0888-4862.

Editors: Kevin & Bethany Shank.

Dogwood Ridge Outdoors, 4253 Woodcock Ln, Dayton, VA 22821. Website

Table of contents
Let’s Take a Hike / Nathan Weaver. p. 2.
Visitor From Afar / Aden Troyer. p. 3.
From the Editor’s Quill / Kevin Shank. p. 4.
Invisibles. p. 5.
Our Caged Owl / The Bear Family. p. 6.
Pictures & Poems : Bull Moose / Jonathan Brydon. p. 8.
Wondernose by Rebecca Martin. p. 10.
Creation Close-Ups. p. 12.
The Mailbox. p. 13.
You Can Draw a Beaver…From July. p. 15.
You Can Draw a Zebra / Michelle Beidler. p. 16.
Tropical Terror / Kristen Joy Wilks. p. 18.
The Story Behind the Photo : ‘Coon Camps / Titus Martin. p. 20.
Opossums Do More Than “Play Possum” / Meggan Mitchell. p. 21.
The Heavens Declare God’s Glory : Extreme Moons / Morris Yoder. p. 22.
In Our Skies / Shaphan Shank. p. 23.
Learning by Doing : Pine Cone Bird Treats / Wendell Schlabach. p. 24.
Caption This. p. 25.
Double Trouble / Kris MacLeod. p. 26.
Let’s Take a Hike / Jennifer Huston. p. 26.
End of the Trail: Sunset, Ensanada, Mexico / Jason Yoder. p. 27.

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Tax Justice Blog Attacks Ark Encounter’s Tax Rebates While Accepting Government Largess

It’s been said that “hypocrisy is the tribute liberals pay to reality.” Even more glaring is the blatant hypocrisy by the liberal so-called Citizens for Tax Justice and their basement-based bloggers.

Citizens for Tax Justice is organized as a 501(c)4 — exempt from Federal income tax but allowed to lobby. Citizens for Tax Justice in turn appears to be funded by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, organized as a 501(c)3, which is also exempt from Federal income tax, can accept charitable tax-deductible donations but cannot lobby. Both organizations have the same address on their respective 990 Federal IRS forms. Hhhmmm. Setting up shell organizations to funnel money to their own causes in order to avoid paying taxes? What a sweet deal!

Ok, so why are we making such a big deal about these two liberal activist groups? It seems that Tax Justice blogger, Sebastian Johnson, has written a rambling and snark filled post about how the Ark Encounter “…may lose $18 million in state tax incentives…”

Mr. Johnson, it’s a tax rebate, not a “tax incentive.” Rather than research the actual piece of legislation, the Kentucky Tourism Development Act, he compared the Ark Encounter tax rebate to other states receiving a totally different type of “tax incentive.” (Liberals, and even some conservative and libertarian groups, i.e., the Bluegrass Institute, consider all taxes the same, AND, whether they are good or bad dependent upon on whom is being gored taxed!)

To simplify explaining the Ark Encounter’s tax rebate program, here is the actual wording from the Act:

The incentive for developers of approved new or expanding tourism projects is the ability to recover up to 25% of the project’s development costs over a ten year term. Projects including, but not limited to lodging facilities, that are constructed on state park, federal park and national forest lands are eligible to recover up to fifty percent (50%) of development costs over a twenty year term. An expanding attraction receives the incentive on increased sales tax due to the expansion.

On an annual basis the Kentucky Department of Revenue will return to developers of approved projects the state sales tax paid by visitors to the attraction on admission tickets, food and gift sales and lodging costs.

Mr. Johnson needs to reread the above last paragraph and the additional documentation, specific to the Ark Encounter, which stipulates attendance and revenue numbers before refunds are begun. The state will NOT lose any money if the project fails. The state will STILL collect ALL sales tax when the Ark Encounter opens and does NOT meet the goals as specified by the Tourism Development Act.

Seeing how Mr. Johnson has avoided even a modicum of basic research (Slate.com as an information source?) we can declare clearly and with confidence that the era of post-modernism has completely come to dominate public discourse. Even a Harvard University degree is no guarantee of arriving at the correct facts!

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Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Anti-Creation Program for Continuing Education Credits

Wartburg Theological Seminary, affiliated with the hyper-liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is offering a series of CE programs for clergy and congregational members known as Come To the Castle. The first class for church members (pastors have a separate track) was held September 26 and covered: “Biblically Challenging Creationism.” Taught by final-year Masters Students this course ran 3 hours over two sessions.

One wonders how “Masters Students” are able to teach on this topic when there are virtually no primary source materials by creationists in their library!

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The overwhelming majority of their books on this topic are anti-creationist or theistic evolution. We could only find 6 books by Henry Morris, 1 book by Lee Strobel, 1 intelligent design book, and 1 DVD from the BBC on this topic. No books by Ken Ham, Duane Gish, Andrew Snelling, Russell Humphreys, Steve Austin, Answers in Genesis, Creation Research Society, Institute for Creation Research (except Henry Morris), Creation Ministries International, etc., etc.

What a sad academic environment when Continuing Education classes, run by “final-year Masters Students,” have to rely on 2nd and 3rd hand resources. But, hey, there’s always Wikipedia!

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Acts & Facts, November 2014

aiglibr144Acts & Facts, Vol. 43, No. 11, November 2014, monthly, free. 24 pages.

Executive editor: Jayme Durant.

Institute for Creation Research, PO Box 59029, Dallas, TX 75229. Website.

Table of contents
From the Editor : A Season of Change / Jayme Durant. p. 4.
Unlocking the Times / Henry M. Morris, III. p. 5.
Events : November 2014. p. 8.
BioORIGINS PROJECT UPDATE : Purpose, Progress, and Promise / Nathaniel T. Jeanson. p. 9.
Impact : The Iconic Isochron: Radioactive Dating, Part 2 / Vernon R. Cupps. p. 10.
Back to Genesis : Lungfish Design Is Walking Tall / Brian Thomas. p. 14.
Back to Genesis : Traditions of a Global Flood / John D. Morris. p. 15.
Back to Genesis : Genetic Entropy Points to a Young Earth / Jeffrey Tomkins. p. 16.
Creation Q & A : Do Darwin’s Finches Prove Evolution? / Brian Thomas. p. 17.
Carolus Linnaeus: Founder of Modern Taxonomy / Jerry Bergman. p. 18.
Apologetics : People Yet to Be Created / James J.S. Johnson. p. 20.
Living Missionally / Emily Morris. p. 21.
Stewardship: Countless Blessing / Henry M. Morris, IV. p. 22.
Letters to the Editor. p. 23.

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