Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Dept. of What a Fool Believes: It has always been our position that the public should be exposed to the broadest possible range of legitimate scientific hypotheses. We are therefore deeply miffed that the National Park Service refuses to stock our exhaustively-researched scientific tract documenting how the Grand Canyon was carved out by legendary axeman-turned-prospector Paul Bunyan -- with the assistance, we should add, of his big blue ox Babe, who hauled all the rubble to what is now Pebble Beach. From the Progress Report, courtesy of Zemblan patriot K.Z.:
The Bush Administration has decided that it will stand by its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, according to internal documents obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).From the Bush administration lexicon: if it sounds like science to someone who doesn't know what science sounds like, it must be sound science.
Despite telling members of Congress and the public that the legality and appropriateness of the National Park Service offering a creationist book for sale at Grand Canyon museums and bookstores was “under review at the national level by several offices,” no such review took place, according to materials obtained by PEER under the Freedom of Information Act. Instead, the real agency position was expressed by NPS spokesperson Elaine Sevy as quoted in the Baptist Press News: “Now that the book has become quite popular, we don’t want to remove it.”