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Court: Creationists Should Settle Outside Court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court is telling an Australian ministry and the operator of a Bible-based museum in Kentucky to settle their differences outside the courtroom.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday orders Australian-based Creation Ministries International into arbitration with Answers in Genesis.

Court papers offer a glimpse of the struggle between two ministries that preach that God created the universe a few thousand years ago.

The ruling says the growth of the U.S. ministry "caused significant tension" between the groups "as each vied for control of what was becoming an increasingly international movement to teach creationism."

The appeals court upheld a lower federal court ruling that dismissed attempts by Answers in Genesis to be shielded from a lawsuit filed in Australia.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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