Christian sues Grand Canyon for persecution

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Grand Canyon did not let him collect rocks

A Christian creationist is suing the Grand Canyon for refusing to let him collect rocks to prove that it is only 6,000 years old.

The Grand Canyon is a bit of a problem for Christians who follow the bible’s dating and think that the world is only 6,000 years old.  For a start it is obviously millions of years old and  its proof is etched in stone.

According to the Atlantic, that has not stopped Andrew Snelling from claiming that the Grand Canyon proves the biblical account of Earth’s history. He has given lectures, guided biblical-themed Grand Canyon rafting tours, and worked for the nonprofit Answers in Genesis.

Snelling believes that the Grand Canyon formed after Noah’s flood—and he now claims the U.S. government is blocking his research proving it because of his religious views.

This theory is that as the flood receded, they believe, water became trapped behind natural dams, until it finally broke through in a “catastrophic erosion” that carved the Grand Canyon.

Of course, it is working on the age old false logic of building a case around a false premise, but hell this is religion not science.

Last week, Snelling sued park administrators and the Department of Interior, which administers the park, because they would not grant him a permit to collect 50 to 60 fist-sized rocks.

A Christian legal advocacy group “Alliance Defending Freedom” has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Snelling, alleged discrimination by the park.

“National Park Service: Research in Grand Canyon okay for geologists … but not Christian ones,” claimed the headline on the press release.

This is not true. All research in the national park is restricted, especially if it requires removing material. But the Grand Canyon does host 80 research projects a year, ranging from archaeology digs to trout tracking. But damaging the park to prove one man’s batshit crazy theory when there is serious research which needs doing is not high on the list of priorities.

However, the park has gone out of its way to help the Christians. It allows rafting trips, and creationists, including Snelling according to the lawsuit, to work in the park before.

Another prominent young-Earth creationist, Steve Austin, took photos of nautiloid fossils in the park and used them to argue that the creatures died during the flood.

In an email to Snelling filed as part of the lawsuit, a park officer said the project was not granted because the type of rock he wanted to study can also be found outside of the Grand Canyon.

The park asked for peer reviews from three mainstream geologists. One mentioned the rocks could be found elsewhere; all three overwhelmingly denounced the work as not scientifically valid, a criterion the park also uses to evaluate proposals.

 

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