You probably remember our recent post: AIG Creation Scientist’s Grand Canyon Lawsuit. All the background information is there.
Now we have a follow-up 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 Major Newspaper Carries Story About Dr. Andrew Snelling’s Discrimination Lawsuit.
Hambo doesn’t have much to say, but here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
On May 9, 2017, we announced that Alliance Defending Freedom (a pro bono religious liberties group) had filed a discrimination lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Andrew Snelling, a geologist and researcher here at AiG.
Yes, we know about it. Andrew Snelling, one of AIG’s creation scientists, has sued the US Department of Interior, the National Park Service, and a few individuals. Then Hambo says:
Many news outlets have picked up this story, and we have been pleased to see that many of them have been fair (unlike the very biased coverage of the Ark Encounter that often paints this highly successful project in a poor and untruthful light).
Well, virtually anything will get better treatment in the press than a $100 million “replica” of Noah’s Ark. Then he tells us about one news story:
For example, the Washington Times recently ran a good article on Dr. Snelling’s rights being violated. I encourage you to read this article that appeared on the front page in the print edition.
This is the article Hambo is gushing about: Geologist’s lawsuit claims discrimination at Grand Canyon over biblical beliefs. It doesn’t say anything new, but go ahead and read it if you like.
Hambo finally gets around to giving us some news:
As a brief update on the court case, we are encouraged to learn that the park service has responded to ADF [that’s Alliance Defending Freedom, the law firm representing Andrew Snelling].
There’s no link to that “response,” and it’s a bit early for the defendants to have filed a response to the complaint. It sounds to us as if lawyers for the defendants are talking to Snelling’s lawyers. According to Hambo:
ADF is providing officials at the park service a period of time to reconsider Dr. Snelling’s request to have continued access to the canyon for field research, to ensure his equal treatment as a credentialed scientist, and to resolve the permit issue.
That’s rather vague. Our guess — based only on Hambo’s cryptic post — is that when the government lawyers contacted ADF, they started chatting about a settlement. It’s possible that the government said they’re willing to reconsider Snelling’s request for rocks, and Snelling’s lawyers said that while that’s going on, they agree to a delay in the time for the defendants to file a response to the complaint.
Why do we even imagine such a conversation occurred? Well, the government lawyers aren’t looking for more work to do, and if ADF is representing Snelling on a pro bono basis, they’re not looking for a lot of work to do either. So if they can work things out quickly — and if Snelling can claim a victory — then why drag the thing through the courts for a couple of years?
This is the rest of Hambo’s post:
We appreciate your prayers on this important religious freedom case.
Well, dear reader, we don’t know what’s going on, but Hambo’s post strongly suggests that Snelling may get his rocks and we won’t have a creationist lawsuit to blog about. But all is not lost. We’ll still have fun when Hambo claims the settlement — if there is one — is some kind of cosmic victory. And of course, we can all look forward to the results of Snelling’s research — described as “the truth the government tried to conceal!”
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