We don’t want to neglect our non-US readers, so here are two articles about creationism in the UK. The first is in London’s Daily Mail: Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution… because it ‘clashes with the Koran’.
Thrilling news, huh? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Muslim students, including trainee doctors on one of Britain’s leading medical courses, are walking out of lectures on evolution claiming it conflicts with creationist ideas established in the Koran.
Professors at University College London have expressed concern over the increasing number of biology students boycotting lectures on Darwinist theory, which form an important part of the syllabus, citing their religion.
The story goes on and on, but the key points we want to make are these: (1) the US isn’t the only country plagued by creationism; and (2) creationism isn’t a problem restricted to only a few Christian denominations. One more excerpt:
Sources within the group Muslims4UK partly blame the growing popularity of creationist beliefs within Islam on Turkish author Harun Yahya who, influenced by the success of Christian creationists in America, has written several books denouncing Darwinist theory.
Yahya associates Dawinism with Nazism and his books are and videos are available at many Islamic bookshops in the UK and regularly feature on Islamic television channels.
We’ve written about that guy several times, most recently: Harun Yahya: Creationist Revival in New Zealand.
Now let’s move on to the second UK story, Christian free school bid runs into protest, which appears in the Sheffield Telegraph in South Yorkshire. The bold font was added by us:
Plans to launch a Christian free school in Sheffield have triggered opposition from the British Humanist Association [BHA].
Bethany School at Netherthorpe is looking to create ten centres across the city, which would combine to create a single free school, run independently but funded by the state.
Why all the fuss? Let’s read on:
The BHA recently fought a similar plan in Newark, which was rejected last month because of concerns over creationism, the belief that life was created by a unique act of God.
This week an open letter from the London-based organisation – which employs a campaigner against faith schools – raised similar fears over the Sheffield plan.
Now we understand. Let’s continue:
The BHA letter expresses concern at the ‘continuing confidence of creationist groups in applying to open free schools’ and calls on the Government to take firmer steps against them.
It goes on to point out that guest speaker at the recent Sheffield public meeting was prominent creationist Sylvia Baker, that creationism is a key focus at the Bethany School and that the new school admits its curriculum will be ‘broadly based’ on themes in the book of Genesis.
The Brits don’t have separation of church and state, yet it seems that they’ve been able to keep creationist schools from being funded by the government simply on rational grounds. We hope they continue to be successful.
There’s more to the article, but we’ve given you a hint of what’s going on. If UK creationism interests you, click over to the Sheffield Telegraph and read the whole article.
We extend our sympathies to those in the UK who must deal with this mess. Some of it may have been imported from the US, but not all of it. Welcome, cousins, to The Controversy.
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