This appeared in the East Kilbride News of East Kilbride, in the west-central Lowlands of Scotland: Creation or evolution a chance to hear the arguments.
Wow — a chance to hear the arguments! Isn’t that wonderful? After all the censorship and academic bullying by Darwinists, at last the people have a chance to hear the other side. It brings tears to your Curmudgeon’s eyes. [*Start music*] All they are saaaaaaying, is give creationism a chance.
At this point you may want to take a nostalgic hippie break and listen to John Lennon’s Give Peace A Chance. Okay, y’all ready to resume? Let’s see what the news story says, with bold font added by us:
Lanarkshire people have the chance this weekend to get in on the heated debate about ‘Creation versus Evolution’. A group of Christians led by Hairmyres surgeon and Christian youth leader Doctor Nagy Iskander have arranged a visit by controversial American academic Dr Terry Mortenson, a lecturer and researcher at Answers in Creation in the US, to Scotland this weekend.
Dr Mortenson will be speaking at the Answers in Genesis Scottish Conference being held in Hamilton College assembly hall off the Bothwell Road in Hamilton on Saturday and Sunday. [Omitting details of the schedule.]
But who is that guy the news story mentioned, youth leader Doctor Nagy Iskander? Let’s read on:
Dr Iskander, who was born in Egypt, has visited the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky a number of times and was involved in setting up an Arabic website to make information on the museum available to people living in the Middle East.
What a great man! But there’s more:
Urging local people to attend the lectures, Dr Iskander, who runs the Jesus and Me Club for children in East Kilbride and the Discovery Bible Group said: “The question of origins has occupied the human mind for many centuries: did God really create the World and all thatis in it? Or did life begin by the random collision of enough of the atoms which form complex molecules to produce biological cells capable of replicating themselves?”
Okay, that’s enough. But we have even more news from Scotland. In The Herald of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, we read CALL TO BAN CREATIONISM. Egad! What a grim counterpoint to the hopeful story that began this post. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Paul Braterman, an emeritus professor of chemistry at Glasgow University and a founder of the British Centre for Science Education, a campaign to keep religion out of science classes, said he wanted Scotland to follow the lead of England and introduce guidance that creationism should not be presented as scientific theory.
As the story continues, it connects the dots by mentioning the upcoming AIG conference:
Dr Nagy Iskander … a surgeon and director of the JAM (Jesus and Me) Trust in East Kilbride, has been described as one of “Europe’s most active creationists” by Ken Ham, the founder of Answers in Genesis, a US-based religious ministry which seeks to promote a creationist account of the history of the world. Iskander has helped organise a conference in Scotland this weekend involving speakers from Answers in Genesis and recently took part in a debate on religion at a local school.
The creationists want only to give the Scots a chance, and look what the Darwinists are doing! Here’s the rest of it:
He [Iskander] said: “Creation according to the Christian faith is a supernatural act of God, so it will not be repeated and we can’t test creation in the lab. Evolution needs to take place over millions of years and we cannot test that either. My view on this is we should mention everything – we should examine all the evidence and all the facts and have an open and civilised discussion about all of this without excluding one or the other.“
All the creationists want is a to “have an open and civilised discussion.” But the Darwinists want to ban them from the schools! Why, oh, why won’t they give creationism a chance? (Listen again to the John Lennon song.) Okay, that’s it. We’re done here.
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