The Grand Canyon and Noah's flood

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By Tim Redmond

This one is really amazing, even by the standards of our current theocracy: The National Park Service is selling a book in the Grand Canyon bookstore that argues that the canyon was created by Noah's flood. And "The Grand Canyon Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush Administration appointees," the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says.

For starters, after my long years in Catholic school, I think I can pretty safely argue that Noah's flood didn't take place in North America; most biblical scholars place it in the Middle East, and say he landed on Mt. Ararat.

But never mind that level of hokum; this suggests that the creationists have gotten so powerful that even basic geology is held hostage.

Rep. George Miller, soon to take over the committee that oversees the park service, might want to look into this.