Friday, January 05, 2007

Embarrassing Religion (II)

(Update: The story that I discuss below has proven to be false. Read more. My apologies.)

I realize that if I start posting and numbering all the examples of embarrassing religion, I will have more Roman numerals than a "Rocky" movie. Still, this came to my attention today...and it is an embarrassment to any believer who is serious about engaging the world with compassion and integrity.

It comes from the web-site for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Seems to me that PC is not dead, it just turned right and was born-again.

HOW OLD IS THE GRAND CANYON? PARK SERVICE WON’T SAY — Orders to Cater to Creationists Makes National Park Agnostic on Geology

Washington, DC — 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.’”

Read it all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What?? Are they not kidding?

"Nostrils of Satan," indeed.