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US Theocracy, the next step Oct. 22nd, 2004 11:17 am

from blu_dragonfly

From: mooism
Date: October 22nd, 2004 - 10:24 am (Link)
Whatever next? Will they giving seats in the legislature to high-ranking church figures, as happens in the UK? Er…
From: flewellyn
Date: October 22nd, 2004 - 10:42 am (Link)
Could somebody please stop the world? I want to get off.
From: djm4
Date: October 22nd, 2004 - 11:25 am (Link)
I don't know what to think about that.

Part of me is rather angry that the some people in the NPS think that banning a book on creationism is a better way of educating Americal kids about science than, say, educating them about science and giving them the mental tools to evaluate Grand Canyon: A Different View on its own merits. It's not as if that's the only book in the bookstore. And more of me is even more angry that brass plaques containing verses from the Psalms were ever removed on legal advice, although I do realise that the US has a the whole separation of church and state thing to contend with.

I take it that I'm supposed to be worried that such petty censorship has been overturned, though, rather than about the petty censorship in the first place? I am hugely worried by the general march towards a US theocracy, mind you, I just don't think this is a good example of it.
From: deliberateblank
Date: October 22nd, 2004 - 01:22 pm (Link)
You have there a feature of breathtaking natural beauty. Whatever it says to any visitor stands on its own merit. What business did those plaques have being there in the first place?
From: djm4
Date: October 22nd, 2004 - 01:32 pm (Link)
Are you saying that the removal of the plaques was part of a general drive to remove commemorative plaques, poetry, quotations and information boards from the Grand Canyon? That would bother me less, certainly, although I don't actually agree that such things can't add anything to the site, done sparingly.