Thursday, May 11, 2017

Creationist Scientist Sues National Park Service

A suit was filed this week in  an Arizona federal district court by Dr. Andrew Snelling, who is employed by the Christian apologetics organization Answers in Genesis, challenging his treatment by the National Park Service.  The complaint (full text) in Snelling v. U.S. Department of Interior, (D AZ, filed 5/9/2017), alleges that National Park Service officials denied, and then limited, plaintiff's permit to undertake research at four sites in the Grand Canyon "because of Dr. Snelling’s Christian faith and scientific viewpoints informed by his Christian faith." The complaint alleges violations of the 1st and 5th Amendments as well as RFRA.  ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.