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State Balks At Tax Incentives For Noah's Ark Park

Answers In Genesis

A controversial construction project in northern Kentucky has run into more controversy.

State officials say they won't allow public money to help finance operations of a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark unless the group behind the project says in writing it won't base hiring on applicants' religion.

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart said in a letter the state would not approve tax incentives for the Ark Encounter based on an online job posting that required applicants to provide a salvation testimony and a statement on marriage and sexuality.

Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons replied that the posting was for a job with the company that owns the park and said the Ark Encounter does not have hiring policies yet. He said the park would follow all state and federal laws.

A cabinet spokesman said the park's application is pending.

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