Answers in Genesis attacks our petition against creationism, Young Earthism

Academic freedom under fire in Scotland, warns AiG

“Nobel laureates petition Scottish government to prohibit teachers from presenting creation science as alternative to evolutionism”

Yes, it’s true. We dangerous radicals at Scottish Secular Society are petitioning the Scottish Government to protect our schoolchildren (and our teachers) from those who want to present separate creationism and Young Earth doctrines as valid alternatives to the established science.And we do have Nobel Laureate backing. And AiG is attacking us for it, not once but twice. And if you think we are right to do so, please let the Petitions Committee (and if you live in Scotland, your MSPs) know about it (see here for contact details and suggestions).

 

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This is the kind of thing we want to stop; this book was handed out to Primary School children in East Kilbride last year

There  is still time to help, wherever you are. Separate creationism and the ultimate lunacy of YoungEarthism have gone international; the resistance will be stronger for doing likewise.

A special plea to those of you who live in Scotland. The science deniers are a constituency. We need to show that science lovers are a constituency too. Let your MSPs, both constituency and regional, hear from you. And let me know what they say in return.

Ken Ham: I have emphasized over and over that we are in a war and the battle is for the hearts and minds of our kids and news coming out of Scotland only confirms this.

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About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on November 7, 2014, in Creationism, Education, Politics, Scotland and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. It is absurd to allow Creationism in its various manifestations of scientific misuse, to be a part of any religious ideology posing as a valid science curriculum. I strongly urge all parties to read the fascinating and destabilizing arguments (for the Creationists) based on scientific logic, contained in the Kitzmiller v Dover Area School District. hearing of several years ago. This should be essential reading for all involved parties to limiting a misuse of scientific method by the supporters of Creationism and Intelligent Design. What is more to the point is that the judgement in this case should provide a powerful disincentive for anyone (with the exception of highly paid lawyers) allowing and supporting creationism to pose as a school-based “science”. Supporters of Creationism, with its denial of evolution, deceive young, untrained and impressionable minds at the expense of intellectual dignity and integrity!.

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    • In the US, it becomes a legal matter, but the UK has no Establishment Clause. Judge Nones ytook 40 days; the Committee will give this, if we’re lucky, 40 minutes. I prefer it our way, since I can’t afford lawyers.

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      • Then the thing to do is to insist on a qualifying caveat that every Committee member must be familiar with the detailed arguments presented in the US case with especial emphasis on the Judge’s summing up.

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