|59 UK schools teaching creationism|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Sunday, 26 November 2006 17:00|
|Some good news. A teaching pack sent by the group, Truth in Science, has been received and is being used to teach creationism in 59 schools in the United Kingdom. The pack, which includes two DVDs and a teachers manual takes a critical look at the claims of Darwinism, and explores the evidence for creation. But as was reported earlier in the month, the Blair government is not impressed... |
Quote: "But the government has made it clear that "neither intelligent design nor creationism are recognised scientific theories". The chairman of the parliamentary science and technology select committee, the Lib Dem MP Phil Willis, said he was horrified that the packs were being used in schools. "I am flabbergasted that any head of science would give credence to this creationist theory and be prepared to put it alongside Darwinism," he said. "Treating it as an alternative centralist theory alongside Darwinism in science lessons is deeply worrying."
A recent live web chat carried out on the 10 Downing Street website asked the British public for suggestions on how we could improve our scientific standing in the world. I submitted a question asking why the Prime Minister thought the country would suffer with creationism in schools, when so many prominent scientists believed the Bible. I don't know if my question was answered or not, I forgot to go on the website when the chat went live, but just a week later the government's head of Science Lord Sainsbury, who was commissioned to carry out the survey, resigned. Last time I emailed my MP Lady Hermon about comments made by British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, he lost his job. I thought that was quite funny.
Prime Minister Tony Blair, who claims to be a Christian, recently said he would be concerned if creationism became mainstream in the United Kingdom. Blair believes that the country will suffer if the UK falls behind on scientific achievement, despite some of the most prominent scientists including Faraday, Pasteur and Newton believing that God created the world in six days. Blair would rather we would study Darwinian evolution, just like our outspoken evolutionary friend, Richard Dawkins... a belief system which has led him to justify eugenics, the Nazi idea that "imperfections" in the human race should be "bred out" through termination of the mentally and physically handicapped.
Quote: ""I wonder whether, some 60 years after Hitler's death, we might at least venture to ask what the moral difference is between breeding for musical ability and forcing a child to take music lessons. Or why it is acceptable to train fast runners and high jumpers but not to breed them," Dawkins wrote Sunday... Many modern eugenics enthusiasts advocate sterilization, abortion and infanticide as well as genetic modification of people at the embryonic stage. Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist, John Sulston, who also worked on the Human Genome project implicitly advocated the extermination of the disabled when he said, "I don't think one ought to bring a clearly disabled child into the world."
I think it was Dawkins who was interviewed by an prominent creationist not so long ago. When asked if he could point to one single instance where it was shown that a mutation had produced an increase in the information of the DNA molecule, he paused for about half a minute and then ordered them to stop filming. That is why Blair doesn't want creationism in schools, too many people would realize they have been conned.