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PostSubject: Bible ministry building Noah's ark tells judge Kentucky can't take away tourism tax incentive   Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:17 am

Lawyers for a Christian ministry building a Noah's ark theme park said Wednesday that Kentucky officials violated First Amendment religious protections when they denied the project a tax incentive worth millions.

Answers in Genesis, developer of the 510-foot wooden ark in central Kentucky, is suing to get back into the tourism incentive program, which could be worth around $18 million over 10 years.

The group's lawyers argued Wednesday in federal court in Frankfort that they should not face different treatment for the incentive just because the attraction would have religious themes.

Tourism officials "took this reflexive, kind of allergic reaction to religion" when it kicked the ark project out of the tax incentive program in December, said Mike Johnson, a lawyer for Answers in Genesis. The incentive would rebate a portion of the sales tax taken in by the Ark Encounter theme park after it opens.

Kentucky tourism officials have said the massive wooden ark would be an evangelism tool and shouldn't receive tax dollars.

"They want all comers to believe what they believe which is fine but we don't have to fund it," said Virginia Snell, a Louisville lawyer representing the state in the case.

https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/noahs-ark-developer-seeking-lost-181455216.html
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