- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tax incentives for a Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky have been placed on hold after reports that employers were requiring potential employees to state their faith and belief in the biblical story to be considered.

An online job posting for Ark Encounter, which is set to open in 2016 in Williamstown, required people seeking a job there to provide a salvation testimony and a statement on marriage and sexuality, a local CBS affiliate reported.

State officials and Ark Encounter lawyers have exchanged letters in which the state threatened that the park could eventually lose millions in potential tax credits if it hires only people who believe in the biblical flood.

“We’re hoping the state takes a hard look at their position and changes their position so it doesn’t go further than this,” said Ark Encounter’s executive president Mike Zovath, who is also co-founder of Answers in Genesis, Reuters reported.

He said that if tax incentives for the project are withdrawn because it does not give written assurances the state now seeks, it would violate Ark Encounter’s First Amendment and state constitutional rights, Reuters reported.

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