Grand Canyon Allows Creationist’s Study, Spurring Noah-Believing Geologist to Drop Lawsuit – Arizona News

Grand Canyon Allows Creationist’s Study, Spurring Noah-Believing Geologist to Drop Lawsuit – Arizona News

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

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The National Park Service will allow a creationist geologist to collect rocks in an attempt to prove Noah’s Flood created Grand Canyon in a matter of days.

Miriam Wasser

The National Park Service has caved in to a creationist’s request to collect rocks for a study on how Noah’s Flood carved Grand Canyon in a few days.

Andrew Snelling, a geologist who forsakes modern science for Bible-centric theories, sued the federal government last month after his rock-collection permit was denied. He claimed the rejection constituted discrimination against his religious beliefs.

Snelling told Phoenix New Times last month that he’s a young-earth Christian creationist who believes that Noah’s children, following the Flood, became the ancestors of all people alive today.

Snelling works with Answers in Genesis, the Kentucky-based outfit run by nationally known creationist Ken Ham, who’s responsible for the anti-scientific Ark Encounter exhibit and “museum” in Williamstown, Kentucky.

As the federal complaint states, when Snelling submitted his permit application to collect 60 small rocks from Grand Canyon to try to prove his theories, NPS officials vetted his request with geologists who criticized the effort in writing. The complaint referenced a May 4, 2017, executive order by President Donald Trump promising protection of religious freedoms “from undue interference by the federal government.”

Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal-assistance outfit in Scottsdale that’s received…

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