FOR our American readers who may be geographically challenged, Northern Ireland is one of the four countries that comprise the United Kingdom — the others being England, Scotland, and Wales. Now that we know where this news comes from, we can read some excerpts from Northern Ireland minister calls on Ulster Museum to promote creationism which appears in the Guardian (formerly the Manchester Guardian). The bold font was added by us:
Northern Ireland’s born-again Christian culture minister has called on the Ulster Museum to put on exhibits reflecting the view that the world was made by God only several thousand years ago.
American creationists can take comfort in knowing that their cousins across the ocean are just as daft as they are — perhaps worse. There’s at least one other nut-case in that government. Last year we wrote Edwin Poots: Creationist Minister in Northern Ireland.
Let’s read on:
Nelson McCausland, who believes that Ulster Protestants are one of the lost tribes of Israel, has written to the museum’s board of trustees urging them to reflect creationist and intelligent design theories of the universe’s origins.
Who is that guy? This is what Wikipedia says about Nelson McCausland, which isn’t very informative. The Guardian‘s article links to this: McCausland has been appointed Minister for Culture.
What else does McCausland have to say? Let’s see:
The Democratic Unionist minister said the inclusion of anti-Darwinian theories in the museum was “a human rights issue”.
A human rights issue! That’s glorious — this goes way beyond the “academic freedom” slogan of the American creationists. We continue:
McCausland defended a letter he wrote to the trustees calling for anti-evolution exhibitions at the museum. He claimed that around one third of Northern Ireland’s population believed either in intelligent design or the creationist view that the universe was created about 6,000 years ago.
Only a third? Maybe there’s hope for that country. Here’s more:
His call was condemned by the evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins, who said: “If the museum was to go down that road then perhaps they should bring in the stork theory of where babies come from. Or perhaps the museum should introduce the flat earth theory.”
Dawkins said it was irrelevant if a large number of people in Northern Ireland refused to believe in evolution. “Scientific evidence can’t be democratically decided,” Dawkins said.
There’s more in the Guardian‘s article. Click over there to read it all. And be comforted that the US isn’t the only place to be suffering from this kind of lunacy. It seems to be everywhere. The whole world is crazy. Aren’t you glad?
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