12.29.2006

Bush Administration bans estimates of Grand Canyon's age

UPDATE: As commenters suggest and Alternet confirms, this story is bogus. Apologies, fundies.

Science 0, Fundamentalist Christians 1:
Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

“In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ‘no comment.’”

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. The world gets more and more crazy every day.

tiny robot said...

Riiiight...

And any dinosaur bones found are obviously fakes placed there by Satan.

[Insert eye roll.]

The Bush Administration: it's a "'success' that hasn't occurred yet."

Ranger X said...

There are a lot of problems with this story. My investigation turned up a lot. Don't believe everything you read.

http://parkrangerx.blogspot.com/2007/01/dont-believe-everything-you-read.html

GRC sells books, not the NPS. GRC is a private, non-profit group. They also sell American Indian books with creation myths. The book in question is in the "inspirational" section. Most of PEER's claims are wildly unsubstantiated.

Allen said...

I’d just like to point out that in the year 2000 all the scientists who have been studying Grand Canyon got together for a symposium [Grand Canyon Symposium] to determine the age of Grand Canyon. Scientist after scientist presented his evidence. About 10 different ages were proposed ranging from 65 Ma to 1 Ma. There was NO consensus and there remains NO consensus. One group has since updated their estimate to 750,000 years. [All this can be found by a simple search on the internet]

The PEER group is not really interested in the age of Grand Canyon, they just want to censor freedom of speech in public places and public stores, because it does not agree with their religous beliefs; i.e. the religion of evolutionism. [look up religion on dictionary.com]

Allen

Jarl Von Hoother said...

And yet there is a consensus: that the Canyon is much older than Genesis would have it. Beneath that is a consensus that evidence is more reliable than mythology.