October 30, 2004

Faith-Based Parks Agenda

Breathe in the fresh air. Stretch your legs on a trail. View the scenic landscape. Read a bible verse. Get evangelized. Learn that the Grand Canyon was created over a short period of time during Noah’s flood.

Whiskey tango foxtrot, come again? You’re not going to believe this one.


The Bush Administration has decided that it will stand by 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 (PEER).

When confronted, the Bush administration has dodged the issue.

“Promoting creationism in our national parks is just as wrong as promoting it in our public schools,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, “If the Bush Administration is using public resources for pandering to Christian fundamentalists, it should at least have the decency to tell the truth about it.”

Alas. This is the same Bush administration we’ve come to know so well.

In a rectification that even Winston Smith would have been proud of, conservative groups pressured the administration to change the video displayed at the Lincoln Memorial to remove historic protests which occurred there. Even worse, they wanted to make some additions.

These groups asked to cut out footage of gay rights, pro-choice and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations because it implies that “Lincoln would have supported homosexual and abortion ‘rights’ as well as feminism.” […] Park Service spokespeople indicated that they were considering inserting footage from the Christian group Promise Keepers rally and pro-Gulf War demonstrators even though these events did not take place at the Memorial.

The most prominent mention of this story I found was in the Seattle Times. Take that, myth of the so-called liberal media.

Please, please can we have another president? One based in reality, if we could?

Posted by James at October 30, 2004 8:51 AM
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I first read that headline as "Faith Based Pork Agenda" HAHAH. But now that I think about it, it might actually make more sense.

Faith-based is one of those double speak terms. There has not been one non-christian faith-based initiative that has received funding And of course it's only specific flavors of Christian that qualify.. But you all knew that.

Posted by: Rui at October 30, 2004 7:16 PM

I had known about the Lincoln Memorial mess; last I heard, though, the Park Service was not going through with the censorship.

Just another reason to oust these clowns.

Posted by: Bob T at October 31, 2004 6:46 AM

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