Creationism in Northern Ireland: Institutional Insanity

OUR last post on this topic was Northern Ireland’s Axis of Ignorance. The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:

Northern Ireland’s culture minister, Nelson McCausland, wants the Ulster Museum to include information about creationism and intelligent design. He says that the inclusion of anti-Darwinian theories in the museum is “a human rights issue.” He’s been exposed to all the world as being raving mad, and now — instead of resigning in disgrace — he wants a government investigation into the “leak” of his letter.

It now appears that McCausland is little more than a useful idiot for his masters at the Caleb Foundation, which seems to be a combination of the worst aspects of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) and Answers in Genesis. It also appears that the Caleb Foundation are the puppet masters for the DUP — the Democratic Unionist Party, which is currently the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Things are getting rapidly worse in Northern Ireland. At the website of the BBC we read Call for creationism exhibit at Giant’s Causeway. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

A Christian group has said it wants the creationist theory reflected at the planned Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre.

Giant’s Causeway is a geological phenomenon that may be as important to Northern Ireland as the Grand Canyon is to the United States. According to Wikipedia:

The Giant’s Causeway … is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. … It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a National Nature Reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant’s Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.

Okay, it’s a big deal. And the creationists want it. Let’s read on:

The Caleb Foundation said it wanted equal prominence for its religious viewpoint. Last month, it emerged that the Culture Minister Nelson McCausland had written to museum officials arguing for greater prominence for creationism.

Creationists become rather aggressive when they’re the party in power. Remember that, dear reader; it’s important. We continue:

The chairman of the Caleb Foundation, Wallace Thompson, has met the tourism minister Arlene Foster to discuss its request.

All we are asking for is that the views that we hold, which are based on the Word of God, are at least respected and taken on board,” he said.

According to the BBC, here’s something else he said. Make note of this too:

“A Christian politician in a position of power can make a difference.”

Al Capone said: “You can go a long way with a smile; you can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.” The Caleb Foundation says: “Prayer can work wonders; when backed up by guns it’s even more effective.”

But there seems to be some opposition:

SDLP [Social Democratic and Labour Party] MLA [Member of the Legislative Assembly] Alban Maginnis said he was opposed to a creationist representation at the new facility.

“You are talking about a visitors’ centre which will attract people from all over the world,” he said.

Although the Caleb Foundation dominates the DUP (the Democratic Unionist Party), they don’t yet control the SDLP. No problem — a few witch-burnings should straighten those people out; then the theocracy will be total. Soon, Giant’s Causeway will be known as — what? We suggest Adam’s Buttocks. Or will that be the official new name for the whole country?

Imagine, dear reader, what life would be like in the US if the creationists ever achieved the kind of political power they currently have in Northern Ireland. Now you know why we’re serious about The Controversy between evolution and creationism. The issue a lot bigger than a chapter on Noah’s Ark in a science book.

Update: See Government Creationism in Northern Ireland.

See also: Creationism: Abuse of the Language of Rights.

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2 responses to “Creationism in Northern Ireland: Institutional Insanity

  1. Imagine, dear reader, what life would be like in the US if the creationists ever achieved the kind of political power they currently have in Northern Ireland.

    Truth is, they don’t have much power at all. The Executive is defined in such tight terms by the various lets-pretend-we’re-all-friends agreements that they really can’t do much more than a jumped-up county council. (OK, they have control over some of the police stuff, but otherwise everything is subject to oversight from London).

    This is really just posturing: victory would be a creation exhibit in the corner of the visitors’ centre. The Caleban know they’ll never be able to get the Ark into the national curriculum. They only want to show their friends in church that We’re Right and The Others are going to Hell.

  2. longshadow

    They can put the Creationist materials in the Mythology section of the Giants’ Causeway Visitors Center, right next to the Finn McCool memorial Mythology dolls…..