Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Bush administration comes up with this gem.
As a part of a series of pro-creationism edicts handed down by the Bush Administration’s appointees heading the National Parks Services, such as Mary Bomar, employees at the Grand Canyon National Park now must answer “we don’t know” if they’re asked how old the Grand Canyon is. That’s right, due to the belief that the Grand Canyon was caused by Noah’s flood, if you go there and ask an intelligent question such as “was the Grand Canyon created in the Milocene geological epoch or the Pliocene epoch?”, despite all the scientific evidence, the employees have been directed to either answer “no comment” or “we don’t know”.
But here’s the kicker… it gets better! The Guardian Newspaper based out of the UK is has reported here that, in addition to this directive for employees to spew factually incorrect information (we DO know when the Grand Canyon was created and there’s ample evidence to prove it), the Grand Canyon book store is now selling a book which openly claims that “the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces.”
But wait…. it gets even better still!
If you think that this creationist book is just one of hundreds of new books which are being sold in the spirit of free and open debate: guess again. the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is reporting (here) that, despite legal obligations to hold a higher standard for book selection and despite previous Park policy, “during 2003, Grand Canyon officials rejected 22 books and other products for bookstore placement while approving only one new sale item — the creationist book.” [emphasis added].
I guess that geology – like other pesky “facts” – makes baby Jesus cry.
Am I just being paranoid here, or is this like something out of a bad dystopian novel?