Friday, June 13, 2014

Christian-Themed Park Turns Down State Economic Grant After Church-State Complaints

In Sioux City, Iowa, developers of a Christian-themed park have decided to turn down a $140,000 state economic development grant after objections were raised by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  AP reported this week that developers of Shepherd's Garden do not want to be in the middle of lawsuits over the park. While the park is to include a stone path with Bible verses, and prayer spaces, the funding from the state organization, Vision Iowa, was not to go to religious elements of the park.  A member of the park's board said that FFRF's objections stimulated enough private donors to pay for the project.