Ken Ham’s proposed Noah’s Ark theme park may be at risk of losing the tax breaks they got from the state of Kentucky again. Remember when they posted an ad for workers at the park requiring that they agree to Answers in Genesis’ Christian loyalty oath? That’s kind of illegal and the state of Kentucky noticed that after Americans United notified them of that ad.
In an Aug. 27 letter, Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart pointed out a problematic job posting, which advertised for a computer-assisted design technician to work on the ark. The application was posted on the website of Answers in Genesis, the parent company of Ark Encounter, which also operates the Creation Museum in Petersburg.
The Herald-Leader obtained the letters through the state Open Records Act.
The state was notified of the posting by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.Stewart wrote that such a job posting would be against state and federal hiring laws.
“Therefore we are not prepared to move forward with consideration of the application for final approval without the assurance of Ark Encounter LLC that it will not discriminate in any way on the basis of religion in hiring for the project and will revise its postings accordingly,” Stewart wrote.
In an Aug. 28 response, Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons said the posting was for Answers in Genesis, not Ark Encounter, and that the park officials would honor the requirements for state tax incentives.
Neither Parsons nor Answers in Genesis CEO Mike Zovath was available for comment Tuesday.
Stewart wrote back on Sept. 4, reiterating that the posting was explicitly for the Ark Encounter project.
“The commonwealth does not provide incentives to any company that discriminates on the basis of religion, and we will not make any exception for Ark Encounter LLC,” Stewart wrote.
What a surprise, AIG is lying. The job listing was specifically for “CAD Technician Designer, Ark Encounter.” Sounds like the state isn’t going to let them get away with it, which is good.