Australian Creationism: New South Wales

New South Wales, Australia

Our last post about The Controversy between evolution and creationism on the underside of the earth was Australian Creationism: Queensland To Teach ID? Now we have some news about the situation in New South Wales.

In The Australian, that nation’s biggest-selling national newspaper, of Surry Hills, New South Wales, we read Creationism creeps into NSW schools. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

STUDENTS at one NSW school were told by an untrained scripture teacher they would “burn in hell” if they didn’t believe in Jesus.

And, elsewhere in the state, children at other schools were given creationism showbags. A survey by Sydney’s Macquarie University also found 70 per cent of scripture teachers think children should be taught the Bible as historical fact and 80 per cent believe students should not be exposed to non-Christian beliefs.

It’s a creationist’s dream come true! Let’s read on:

The survey found a group of scripture volunteers were distributing kits called “Creation For Kids” containing colouring books, calendars and DVDs deriding evolution and claiming that the universe was only 6000 years old.

That’s to be expected in an upside-down country. We continue:

[Researcher Cathy Byrne, of the university’s Centre for Research and Social Inclusion] said NSW schools were required to offer access to religious groups to teach children for an hour a week but there were no requirements for professional training or control of content.

There’s more in the article, but none of it is good. If you’re a creationist, however, it sounds perfect down there. Go, Australia!

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6 responses to “Australian Creationism: New South Wales

  1. Glad to see God created crackpots on all of the continents …

  2. Oh the shame (hides behind kangaroo).

    There was a recent push to offer ethics classes as an alternative and boy, did that bring the usual suspects screaming out of the woodwork!

    Unfortunately, our wackaloons seem to take great inspiration from what the wingnuts in America do.

  3. I’m not altogether surprised. NSW’s clerical leadership (particularly the Catholic and Anglican Archbishops of Sydney, George Pell & Peter Jensen) have a reputation for leading the more conservative wing of Australian Christianity. Also, the Anglican Diocese of Sydney appears to long have had a strong Evangelical tradition.

  4. From the article: “STUDENTS at one NSW school were told by an untrained scripture teacher they would ‘burn in hell’ if they didn’t believe in Jesus.”

    Wonder what Michael Medved, Ben Stein and David Klinghoffer would say to that.

  5. cranium: “Oh the shame (hides behind kangaroo).”

    Relax, you have John Wilkins.

  6. Frank J: “Relax, you have John Wilkins.”

    And Russell Blackford! And AC/DC! And the Riversleigh fossil dig! And more stromatolites than you can point a bone at!

    And, unfortunately, Paul Davies. I say “unfortunately” because in addition to his great intellect he’s a Templeton stooge.