A year ago we wrote In Scotland They’re Laughing at Louisiana, in which we learned that the customarily dour Scots were howling over the fact that schoolchildren in Louisiana were being taught: (1) the Loch Ness monster is real; and (2) Nessie’s existence disproves Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The Sunday Herald of Glasgow informed us that besides laughing at Louisiana, the Scots were quick to see the silver lining in the situation. They also reported:
Of course, the Scottish tourist industry might well reap a dividend from the craziness of the American education system. Nessie expert Tony Drummond, who leads tours as part of Cruise Loch Ness, has a few words of advice to the US schools in question: come to the loch and try to find the monster.
That was last year. Today the same newspaper has this story: Nessie cut from creationism. That is a shocking headline! The story says, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
New editions of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) biology textbooks do not contain the controversial idea that Scotland’s most famous mythological beast may have been a real living creature. The updated book is only available to creationist-taught pupils in Europe, but campaigners say America is likely to follow suit.
What is motivating the creationist publisher to offer the new edition only in Europe? How can there be two versions of The Truth™? Perhaps this will be explained as we continue with the news story:
The previous edition of one ACE textbook said: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? “‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
There was also a claim that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur. In the new editions, both claims have been removed. However, it still suggests that dinosaurs co-existed with humans.
Aside from the problem of selling two wildly different versions of the book, there’s something else here that we find disturbing. We’ve never seen the facts in a creation science text changed — not ever. New facts may be added, but old ones don’t get dumped. How can they throw away facts that prove scripture? Something is definitely wrong here.
While we’re mulling that over, let’s read on:
Jonny Scaramanga, from Bath, went through the ACE programme as a child but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism. He said: “In the new editions they’ve replaced Nessie with talk of folk tales from China and Ireland – They still want to prove that dinosaurs and humans existed at the same time.”
Jonny sometimes visits our humble blog. Perhaps he’ll enlighten us about the new data. We’re especially interested in that Irish dinosaur.
But we’re more interested in the fact that a creation science book is actually being changed. One of the virtues of creationism is that it’s reliable and unchanging, whereas science is constantly being revised. Aha — at the end of the story that issue is addressed:
Arthur Roderick, founding director of Christian Education Europe, part of ACE, said: “As with any text books – curriculum is subject to revision and change.”
This is an outrage! If they can dump Nessie, then why not dump Adam & Eve? Without Nessie there is no truth, no morality, no hope for eternity. We may as well all be Darwinists, fornicating like animals.
Something must be done, and because everyone else is too cowardly to speak up, your Curmudgeon shall boldly step forward and take command of the situation before all is lost. We exhort the creationist schools in Louisiana and elsewhere:
Don’t adopt the new textbook from ACE. The old creation science is always the best.
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