Christian group building giant ark in Kentucky considering challenging tax incentive decision

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PETERSBURG, Kentucky — The Christian group building a massive wooden ark in Kentucky is considering a court battle to fight the state's rejection of the project's tax incentives.

Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham says in a release that the loss of the tourism tax rebate will be costly for the Ark Encounter theme park project, but it will proceed. Ham says two public interest law firms, Freedom Guard and the Center for Religious Expression, would represent the group if legal action is taken. He says no decision has been made.

Kentucky's tourism secretary said Wednesday that the ark project is not eligible for the incentives because employees would be screened on the basis of religion.

Answers in Genesis says federal and state laws support its intention to base hiring on an applicant's religious preferences.

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