Thursday, February 05, 2015

Biblical Theme Park To Sue Over Denial of Tax Rebates

Answers in Genesis announced this week that it plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging Kentucky's refusal to allow its planned Ark Encounter theme park to participate in the state's tax rebate incentive program. In December, the state reversed an earlier preliminary decision to allow the Noah's Ark theme park some $18 million in sales tax rebates in a program designed to promote Kentucky tourism. The state said that the park had evolved from a tourist attraction into a project to promote a literal reading of the Biblical book of Genesis. It also objects to the park's plan to hire only Christians. (See prior posting.) The lawsuit will contend that the state's action amounts to unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.