We have exciting news from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum. It’s titled Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of AiG Scientist Facing Viewpoint Discrimination. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
For over three years now, AiG’s Dr. Andrew Snelling, a qualified geologist with many years of experience in the field, has been denied a permit to remove rock samples from the Grand Canyon. Though other scientists with similar requests have been granted permits, Dr. Snelling’s permit has been denied due to his religious beliefs.
We’ve written before about Andrew Snelling — most recently Plate Tectonics and the Flood. At the end of his articles at Hambo’s website, he’s described as “Geologist, Speaker, Author, Researcher, Editor-in-chief of Answers Research Journal.” They say he’s AIG’s director of research. AIG’s biography page on him says his PhD is in Geology from the University of Sydney, in Australia. Let’s get back to Hambo. He says:
To protect Dr. Snelling’s religious liberties, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, pro bono group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit against Grand Canyon National Park on behalf of Dr. Snelling.
That outfit used to be called Alliance Defense Fund, but they recently changed their name to Alliance Defending Freedom, keeping the same initials — see Alliance Defense Fund Changes Its Name. They were involved in the David Coppedge litigation — see David Coppedge vs. JPL (10 Jun 2010), and the John Oller litigation too — see Ken Ham Supports John Oller’s Lawsuit.
Hambo tells us:
Authorities are stonewalling Dr. Snelling in his attempt to do good observational research on Grand Canyon rocks. Scientists should not be forced to change their beliefs to match the government’s beliefs in order to conduct their research. Sadly, this is an example of viewpoint discrimination against a highly qualified scientist who holds biblical beliefs.
Snelling is being stonewalled by the Grand Canyon. Hey — there’s no better place for it. Hambo ends his post with this:
You can read more about the lawsuit in this press release. As this case goes to court, please be praying that the government will protect Dr. Snelling’s right — and the right of other scientists like him — to practice the free exercise of religion.
That press release link takes us to another article at the AIG website: Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by Christian Geologist Against Grand Canyon Park Officials. It’s very long, so we’ll give you just a few excerpts:
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order last Thursday to protect religious liberties, a test case of those freedoms has entered the federal court system. A lawsuit was filed today in a US District Court in Phoenix, Arizona, by the civil liberties group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of a scientist with Answers in Genesis (AiG). The suit alleges that the civil liberties of geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling were violated when he was twice denied a permit by Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) to continue his research at the canyon due to his religious and scientific views.
We went to the court’s website. They say the suit was filed today, 09 May, titled Snelling v. United States Department of Interior, et al. It’s case number CV17-08088-PCT-ESW, but they don’t provide any other information without a PACER account. We then went to the Justia site, but it’s not listed there yet. Addendum: They have it now — see Snelling v. United States Department of Interior et al.
Addendum: AIG links to a copy of the complaint at the lawyers’ website. You can read it here. It’s a 22-page pdf file.
Okay, back to AIG. They say:
Apparently, Dr. Snelling’s most recent research project on behalf of a high-profile group like AiG was deemed a threat to the prevailing viewpoint of the canyon’s formation and timing. The language used by park officials and its reviewers to describe Dr. Snelling’s proposal decries that a Christian and creationist seeks to do the research. Dr. Snelling’s proposed study could yield results that will undermine an idea that is heavily promoted inside the park: namely, the argument that the canyon’s strata were formed over millions of years. With his intended research, Dr. Snelling seeks to gather samples at folds inside the canyon where all the layers were bent but were not shattered because the rocks were still soft as they folded — supposedly remaining soft over a period of 450 million years.
Here’s one more excerpt:
With his executive order on May 4, President Trump announced that a priority of his administration is to reinstate many lost religious liberties. His order declared it will “be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” The primary defendant in the Snelling lawsuit is the Department of the Interior, which manages America’s national parks. The DOI falls under the purview of President Trump’s executive branch of government.
That’s enough for now. This thing is just beginning. It should provide us with entertainment for months — perhaps much longer. Stay tuned to this blog!
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