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February 04, 2015

Faith Charity to Sue Ky. for Denying Tax Breaks for Ark Park

A nonprofit group that promotes a literal interpretation of the Bible said Tuesday that it will file a federal bias suit against Kentucky for denying it $18-million in tax incentives to help finance a Noah's Ark-based theme park, reports The Courier-Journal of Louisville. State tourism officials rejected Answers in Genesis' application for a tax rebate in December, saying the Ark Encounter project had evolved from a tourist attraction into an extension of the faith group's ministry activities and would discriminate in hiring based on faith.

The $73-million park under construction in Grant County, Ky., is to include a 510-foot-long wooden ship, a petting zoo, a theater, and other facilities. Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham said the organization "spent many months attempting to reason with state officials" but they were "so insistent on treating our religious entity as a second-class citizen that we were simply left with no alternative but to proceed to court." Officials with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet declined to comment.