Kentucky: No tax breaks for Noah's Ark project


December 11, 2014 9:45AM (UTC)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of tax breaks for a religious-themed park that would feature a 500-foot-long wooden ark.

Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart says the planned project had evolved from a tourism attraction into an outreach for the Christian ministry that is building it. Stewart wrote in a letter Wednesday to the group's lawyer that "state tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination."

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He said the group was no longer honoring its pledge to not discriminate in hiring for the ark park.

The long-planned Ark Encounter attraction is being built by a nonprofit subsidiary of Answers in Genesis, the Kentucky-based Christian ministry that operates the popular and controversial Creation Museum.

The ark project got preliminary approval in July for up to $18 million in tax rebates.


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