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Re: [greenyes] RE: PEER Press Release

I thought that part of the National Park Services' mission is to educate the public. Having
a book at the Grand Canyon gift shop claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's
flood hardly fills this mission, although I find it more of an embarrassment than anything
else. The choice is yours to buy it or not. What is far more disturbing is the placement of these bronze plaques bearing Psalms verses at scenic overlooks. This is clearly a case of the Federal government advocating for a particular religion. Can you imagine the reaction if verses from the Quaran were installed? Shall we install some Buddhist shrines as well?
Let God's handiwork speak for itself.
Don Hughes

At 12:16 PM 10/25/2004, DONNAWAY Jay wrote:

Since when does stocking the gift shop shelves with a particular product
amount to Federal advocacy? If it does, I would expect the
environmental community to be more concerned about toxic toy
pterodactyls pumped full of plasticizers than the offering of a single
book that by it's very title, professes to offer an alternative view.
What's next, oh defenders of Liberty, book burning in the name of green

Jay Donnaway

Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 16:54:10 -0500
To: "GreenYes" <greenyes@no.address>
From: "Peter Anderson" <anderson@no.address>
Subject: Administration's Science Position
Message-ID: <007101c4ba14$52a761b0$6bcfaf42@no.address>

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Press Release

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Contact: Chas Offutt (202) 265-7337

Legal Review on Creationist Book Is Shelved

Washington, DC - The Bush Administration has decided that it will stand
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

Despite telling members of Congress and the public that the legality and

appropriateness of the National Park Service offering a creationist book
sale at Grand Canyon museums and bookstores was "under review at the
national level by several offices," no such review took place, according
materials obtained by PEER under the Freedom of Information Act.
the real agency position was expressed by NPS spokesperson Elaine Sevy
quoted in the Baptist Press News:

"Now that the book has become quite popular, we don't want to remove

In August of 2003, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Joe Alston
attempted to block the sale of Grand Canyon: A Different View, by Tom
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
Communications David Barna told reporters that there would be a
policy review, distributing talking points stating: "We hope to have a
decision in February [2004]." In fact, the promised review never
occurred -

a.. 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
b.. NPS Headquarters did not respond to a January 25th memo from its
top geologists charging that sale of the book violated agency policies
undercut its scientific education programs;
c.. The Park Service ignored a letter of protest signed by the
of seven scientific societies on December 16, 2003.
"Promoting creationism in our national parks is just as wrong as
it in our public schools," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, "If
Bush Administration is using public resources for pandering to Christian

fundamentalists, it should at least have the decency to tell the truth

The creationist book is not the only religious controversy at Grand
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
apology to the plaques' sponsors, the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary.
has collected other instances of what it calls the Bush Administration's

"Faith-Based Parks" agenda.

Peter Anderson, President
4513 Vernon Blvd. Suite 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Ph: (608) 231-1100
Fax: (608) 233-0011
Cell: (608) 698-1314
eMail: anderson@no.address

Don Hughes, PhD student *
Dept of Chemistry, 431 Jahn Laboratory *
SUNY-College of Environmental Science & Forestry
Syracuse, NY 13210 *
315-470-6597 djhughes@no.address *
"When I was younger I could remember anything,
whether it happened or not."
Mark Twain (1835-1910); US writer and journalist.

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