Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Friday, September 08, 2006

Scientists want creationist book on Grand Canyon removed

Science organizations have asked the National Park Service to remove from the Grand Canyon bookstore Grand Canyon: A Different View, by Tom Vail, who claims the Grand Canyon was created 4,500 years ago with Noah's flood, not millions of years ago as commonly believed by geologists. Brad Wallis, Executive Director of the Grand Canyon Association, said he believed "divergent viewpoints" on the Grand Canyon's creation is the "best model because then people can reach their own conclusions, rather than being given only one alternative." On the other hand, Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said, "The issue here is that in these park service-maintained stores, they are only supposed to approve material that supports the interpretive theme, and is accurate. And according to their rules, this book shouldn't be sold."

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