Friday, October 15, 2004

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Are We Still in America?
PARK SERVICE STICKS WITH BIBLICAL EXPLANATION FOR GRAND CANYON

Promised Legal Review on Creationist Book Is Shelved
Washington, DC - 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 released today by Public Employees for Environmental
Responsibility (PEER).

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."

In August of 2003, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Joe
Alston attempted to block the sale of Grand Canyon: A Different View,
by Tom Vail, a book explaining how the park's central feature
developed on a biblical rather than an evolutionary time scale. NPS
Headquarters, however, intervened and overruled Alston. To quiet the
resulting furor, NPS Chief of Communications David Barna told
reporters that there would be a high-level policy review, distributing
talking points stating: "We hope to have a final decision in February
[2004]." In fact, the promised review never occurred -

In late February, Barna crafted a draft letter to concerned members of
Congress stating: "We hope to have a final decision on the book in
March 2004." That draft was rewritten in June and finally sent out to
Congressional representatives with no completion date for the review
at all; NPS Headquarters did not respond to a January 25th memo from
its own top geologists charging that sale of the book violated agency
policies and undercut its scientific education programs; The Park
Service ignored a letter of protest signed by the presidents of seven
scientific societies on December 16, 2003. "Promoting creationism in
our national parks is just as wrong as promoting it in our public
schools," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, "If the Bush
Administration is using public resources for pandering to Christian
fundamentalists, it should at least have the decency to tell the truth
about it."

The creationist book is not the only religious controversy at Grand
Canyon National Park. One week prior to the approved sale of Grand
Canyon: A Different View, NPS Deputy Director Donald Murphy ordered
that bronze plaques bearing Psalm verses be returned and reinstalled
at canyon overlooks. Superintendent Alston had removed the bronze
plaques on legal advice from Interior Department solicitors. Murphy
also wrote a letter of apology to the plaques' sponsors, the
Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary. PEER has collected other instances of
what it calls the Bush Administration's "Faith-Based Parks" agenda.

1 Comments:

At 10/16/2004 6:55 AM, Blogger The Old Hippie said...

Not to make a stupid pun. . .  But Jesus Fucking Christ - When Will America Wake The Fuck Up?!?

46% of the American electorate are Evangelical nut cases.

69% of Fox viewers really do approve of Bush's handling of the Iraq war, and the handling of the economy!?!  (Link)

Are they actually winning of the destruction of our Democracy this easily because of insane ideology, and arrogantly simple lies?

 

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