A few weeks back, we told you about geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling, who was denied rock samples from the Grand Canyon National Park back in 2014 due to his Christian beliefs and his young-earth perspective.
After several methods to obtain the rock samples failed, Snelling filed a lawsuit in May claiming the National Park Service was withholding the samples in violation of his constitutional rights to free exercise of religion and to equal protection.
After three years of struggle, the Department of the Interior wrote a letter to Snelling acknowledging the legitimacy of his research and granting his request. Ironically, the letter was postmarked two days before his lawsuit was filed. While it would appear that he gained approval of his request prior to filing the lawsuit, it is regrettable that it took three years to resolve the matter.
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