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Christian geologist suing Grand Canyon for religious discrimination

A Christian geologist has become creationists, who claimed to be Grand Canyon National Park denied his request to obtain the rocks of the Park on the basis of his religious beliefs, continues on the basis of alleged religious discrimination.

Andrew A. Snelling, a geologist with a doctorate in the field of the University of Sydney, with the name of the Grand Canyon National Park, and the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service in its lawsuit.

Dr. Snelling, in November 2013, the requested permission for removal of 60 half-pound rocks from different areas of the Colorado River in the canyon, the administrators of the park – a request that was refused in July last year.

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Dr. snelling’s lawsuit, filed on May 9, claims NPS’s actions “prove” animus in the direction of the religious views of Dr. Snelling… and violate one Dr. snelling’s free exercise of the rights by the imposition of inappropriate and unnecessary religious tests are access to the park.”

His views were not mentioned in his request, but according to the New York Times, Dr. Snelling was “not unusual to have to park officials, as he had guided many Biblical theme rafting trips through the canyon and done the research.”

“It is one thing to argue about the science,” said Gary McCaleb, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative Christian non-profit representing Dr. Snelling. “But to deny access to the data that are not based on the quality of a proposal or of the nature of the research, but on what you could do with the abuse of government power.”

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The lawsuit claims Grand Canyon National Park discriminated against Dr. Snelling “because of his creationist views, and by doing so violated snelling’s constitutional rights and the religious Freedom Restoration Act,” said ScienceMag.org.

Also claims NPS did not abide by President Trump’s recent religious freedom executive order.

“This case perfectly illustrates why President Trump had to order executive agencies to confirm religious freedom,” said McCaleb. “Because the park officials specifically targeted Dr. snelling’s religious faith as the reason to stop his investigation.”

Karl Karlstrom, a geologist at the University of New Mexico who reviewed Dr. snelling’s proposal for the NPS, offered a different opinion. Karlstrom said that the proposal was not “well-written, up-to-date and referenced” and the conclusion, “Dr. Snelling has no scientific track record and no scientific relationship since 1982.”

When reached for comment, Grand Canyon National Park representative said that the National Park Service does not comment on ongoing litigation.

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