That and other tall tales are being sold at our national parks with approval by Bush Administration appointees.
No, seriously. This is actually happening. And not only that, park employees are being told to not talk about the scientific explanations for these formations because it may offend people.
According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) in a report released this week [PDF], 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.
Furthermore, a book approved by the Service claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood ,rather than by geologic forces, is on sale in the park for more than three years, even though a review was promised to Congress and the press. A Freedom of Information request [PDF] reveals that no review has ever been requested, nor taken place.
“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.'” PEER urged [PDF] the new Director of the National Park Service (NPS), Mary Bomar, to end the stalling tactics, remove the book from sale at the park and allow park interpretive rangers to honestly answer questions from the public about the geologic age of the Grand Canyon.
What this story doesn’t say is this has been going on for over 2 years. They’ve been trying to get this clearly religious text off the shelves, but apparently it’s a big seller.
And here are some tips from AnswersinGenesis.org about taking a biblical vacation with your family…
Help your children understand that canyon carving could be accomplished in a relatively short time by catastrophic emptying of a great inland lake to the northeast of the canyon shortly after the Flood (the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œlot of water, little timeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? model). Grand Canyon is a monument to remind us about GodÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s judgment of a sinful world at the time of Noah. Take time to meditate on the awfulness of sin, but also take time to marvel at GodÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s gift of grace in salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, our ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œArkÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? of safety in the coming judgment. Consider, too, how God can make something beautiful out of destruction, even in our own lives.