UK Bans Tax-Funded Creationist Nursery Schools

There’s more good news from the UK today, to go along with what we reported back in June — UK Bans Creationism in Tax-Supported Schools.

The BBC reports: ‘Extremist’ nurseries to lose funding – Nicky Morgan. Extremist nurseries? What’s going on over there? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Councils are to be given powers to stop funding early-years providers with links to extremism, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

This is the Wikipedia writeup on Nicky Morgan. She’s a member of the British Conservative Party. It’s obvious that British conservatives are nothing like the theocrats who call themselves American conservatives these days. But what was the problem in the UK? We’re told:

The move follows a letter-writing campaign by the British Humanist Association [the BHA]. Members [of the BHA] wrote to MPs and responded to a nursery funding consultation, raising concerns about extremist links and creationist teaching in some nurseries.

Wow — UK conservatives are opposed to teaching creationism! They could teach their American cousins a thing or two. Alas, we can imagine the US conservatives’ reaction already: No creationism? But that’s what conservatism is all about! Let’s read on:

Mrs Morgan said that toddlers must learn “fundamental British values” and that schools and nurseries that do not “support this aim” should not receive public money.

We like Nicky Morgan. The BBC continues:

Announcing the measures, Mrs Morgan, who replaced Michael Gove as education secretary in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle, said there is no place for extremism “anywhere in the education system”. Funding would be withheld from establishments that teach creationism as scientific fact, Mrs Morgan said.

We really like her. There’s a lot more to the BBC article, but we’ve given you the basics. All that remains now is to see the anguished responses from creationists in the US. It won’t be very long before ol’ Hambo posts a rant about this. We’re looking forward to it.

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13 responses to “UK Bans Tax-Funded Creationist Nursery Schools

  1. Our Curmudgeon sings paeans:

    Wow — UK conservatives are opposed to teaching creationism! They could teach their American cousins a thing or two.

    Indeed–but in this, UK conservatives are simply part of the global mainstream. ‘Tis the good ole USA that is the outlier on this. You could call it the downside of American ‘exceptionalism’.

  2. We need to take a group of these British Conservatives, Give them bowl-haircuts and guitars, and start a new British Invasion.

    Singing …

    Help, we need conservatives
    Help, not just any conservatives
    Help, you know, not God and guns
    Help

    When the Earth was younger, so much younger than they say
    I never needed anybody’s presuppositions (No way!)
    But now these days are gone, they don’t know any rules
    Now I find, they’ve lost their minds, and coming to our schools.

    Help us if you can, we’re really down
    And they don’t accept the Earth as being round
    They can’t wait ’til Noah’s is finally found
    Won’t you, please, please help us?

    My apologies to John and Paul.

  3. Tomato Addict says: “We need to take a group of these British Conservatives, Give them bowl-haircuts and guitars, and start a new British Invasion.”

    I’m afraid we need rappers to reach the American public these days.

  4. TA – sounds like a good one for Weird Al!!

  5. Bravo @ Tomato Addict!

    Small quibble: slightly better scansion with

    “Help! we need some Tories!
    Help! Not just any Tories” &c &c

  6. I don’t want to be a raw mussel in your moules & frites but this probably because they are most likely Muslim nurseries (hence the “extremism” and “non-British values”), rather than the Tories being ant-religion.

    However, it is quite possible that the government is acting to head off any potential problems with Creationism. I’d never even heard of YEC until a couple of years ago when I saw a documentary about 5 British YECers being taken to the US by an Irish comic to see if he could change their minds (he didn’t) and I think a lot of Brits/Europeans don’t know it exists either. So good news.

    As Megalonx says: ’tis the USofA that is the outlier.

  7. With a little more thought, I would amend some of those lyrics …

    We know Earth is older, so much older than they say
    We never needed their presuppositions (No way!)
    But now all sense is gone, they don’t know any rules
    Now I find, they’ve lost their minds, and are coming to our schools.

    No need to edit 🙂

  8. Hats off, TA. Hats off. Now, what about You’ve Got to Hide Your God Away? 😉

  9. Do I sense an approaching Curmudgeon Creative Challenge TM: Creationist Pop Song Lyrics?

  10. O lord, I’ve been trying to fight this one off, but I’m succumbing; apologies:

    Everybody is some kind ‘o kin to me and my monkey…

  11. Or:

    We all give for a phoney Noah’s Ark,
    A phoney Noah’s Ark,
    A phoney Noah’s Ark,
    We all give–
    &c &c.

    Or even, from the earlier days:

    Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something
    I think you’ll understand
    When I’ll say that something
    I wanna fund Ken Ham!
    I wanna fund Ken Ham!
    I wanna fund Ken Ham!

  12. Megalonyx coyly inquires: “Do I sense an approaching Curmudgeon Creative Challenge TM: Creationist Pop Song Lyrics?”

    You don’t need my consent. Give it your best.

  13. Nicky Morgan is also said to be a Christian believer (Church of England). Shock, Horror. But the UK is not stuffed full of fundamentalist Christians (though they do exist:
    http://www.truthinscience.org.uk/tis2/index.php/news-blog-mainmenu-63.html)

    The measure is I think partly to close a possible nursery sector loophole (following similar measures for primary and secondary schools) and partly to head off other forms of extremism (mainly from Muslims; there were some problems in Birmingham recently) in the schools/education sector in England.