CORRECTION: AlterNet duped on Grand Canyon scare
It turns out that most of the claims from PEER's recent release are false or terribly misleading.
Most notable were PEER's claims are that the Grand Canyon approved a book claiming that the Grand Canyon was the result of Noah's Flood and that the "Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees."
Special thanks to Stewart N. Thorpe and to several commenters in our original post for clarifying.
The ironies abound.
The misleading claims from PEER were unearthed by Skeptic Magazine's Michael Shermer, a prominent atheist and fierce critic of the inappropriate intrusion of religion in public life, who ran with the same story we did.
Shermer found, after numerous phone calls to the Park Service, PEER's Jeff Ruch, and others, that Ruch's claim that...