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Ky. Provides More Public Benefits To Ark Encounter

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved $18 million in tax incentives for Answers In Genesis’ Ark Encounter theme park in April.

Former Gov. Steve Beshear (D) had opposed granting incentives to the park, but Answers in Genesis filed a lawsuit claiming the state’s refusal violated its religious-freedom rights. In January, a federal court agreed, and Be­shear’s successor, Matt Bevin (R), announced he would not appeal the ruling.  According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Bevin also packed the tourism board with new appointees after taking office.

The ‘Ark Park’ Fiasco: Authentic Faith And The Perils Of Government ‘Help’

Thanks to a misguided federal court ruling, Kentucky taxpayers will soon be footing the bill for a package of tax incentives designed to prop up an evangelistic theme park based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark.

Americans United has followed the saga of the so-called “Ark Park” for years. The attraction sprang from the mind of Ken Ham, a creationist who decided it would be a good idea to build a large replica of Noah’s Ark in Grant County, Ky.

Scheduling Snafu: Ky. Lawmakers Want To Extend Summer Vacation So Kids Can Attend A Fundamentalist Christian Theme Park

Although Kentucky officials rightly rejected up to $18 million in tax rebates for an overtly religious theme park last year, it seems some state lawmakers are still hell bent on doing everything in their power to offer public assistance to that attraction.  

Time For An Intervention

The Rev. Chris Caldwell has no problem with the fundamentalist Christian ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) spread­ing its message – but he sees no reason why he should have to pay for it.

That’s why Caldwell, pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Louis­ville, Ky., joined with Americans Uni­ted March 30 in an attempt to legally intervene in a lawsuit dealing with possible taxpayer funding of AiG.

Americans United Seeks To Intervene In ‘Ark Park’ Tax Incentive Lawsuit

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Kentucky Officials Were Right To Deny Taxpayer Funds For Evangelistic Project

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing four Kentucky taxpayers, two of whom are ordained Christian ministers, seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Answers in Genesis (AiG), a fundamentalist Christian ministry that is suing a Kentucky office that denied it tax incentives.

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