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.
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.
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.
Dr. Snelling commented,
This case is all about giving the freedom for a scientist to do good science without having to undergo a religious litmus test. The samples I have been blocked from collecting in the GCNP are to be subjected to routine lab processing and investigations any good scientist would perform. The results are to be openly reported for all scientists to draw their own conclusions, whether they agree with my worldview interpretation of the history of the earth. . . . We expect debate about what the evidence means, but the Park shouldn’t prevent us from collecting data just like other scientists. I am merely asking for equal treatment by the government.
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.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.