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Snelling v. United States Department of Interior

Grand Canyon National Park Continues History of Hostility toward Religion


Dr. Andrew Snelling, who holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Sydney, has conducted geological research in Australia and the United States, published works in peer-reviewed journals, and has decades of field and laboratory experience with both theoretical and practical geological research. Nonetheless, National Park Service officials had denied his routine request to obtain a few fist-sized rock samples from the Grand Canyon based upon his Christian views about the Earth’s beginnings. Even though Snelling had conducted prior research in the canyon, Park Service officials ran him through a gamut of red tape for more than three years.

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