That, of course, provoked an outraged post from Answers in Genesis (AIG), the on-line ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. We wrote about that here: AIG Reacts to the UK Creationism Ban.
Now there’s a move to do the same in Scotland. That news is reported in The Herald located in Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, and — at least for now — the third largest in the United Kingdom. Their headline is Nobel laureates: ban creationism in Scottish schools. A few excerpts will bring you up to date:
Sir Harold Kroto, Sir Richard Roberts and Sir John Sulston have signed a petition lodged at the Scottish Parliament calling for guidance to be introduced for teachers. The Scottish Secular Society wants a ban in publicly funded Scottish schools of the “presentation of separate creation and Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the established science of evolution, common descent and deep time”.
Just over 600 people have signed the online petition. They include Kroto, a chemist who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for chemistry and is professor of chemistry at Florida State University.
Roberts, who was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in medicine and is chief scientific officer at research firm New England Biolabs in Massachusetts, said: “This is really an important issue. One should be teaching facts to children, not religion.” Sulston, who was a joint recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in medicine and is chair of the Institute For Science, Ethics and Innovation at Manchester University, said: “Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, so long as they follow the golden rule of not causing harm to others.
Sir Harold Kroto has been a stalwart defender of science and an outspoken opponent of creationism, both in the US and the UK. He first came to our attention during the creationist madness in Florida, when this humble blog was only a few weeks old — see “We’re the laughingstock of the enlightened world.”
It was entirely predictable that AIG would respond to this development in Scotland, and now we have their response from none other than ol’ Hambo himself. He has written Nobel-Winning Scientists Push for Ban of Creation in Scottish Schools. As you’ll see from the following excerpts, it’s his usual sputtering mad, red in the face, foaming at the mouth rant, to which we’ve added some bold font for emphasis:
I have emphasized over and over that we are in a war and the battle is for the hearts and minds of our kids and news coming out of Scotland only confirms this.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That guy always amazes us. He’s the proprietor of a nice little roadside tourist attraction in rural Kentucky which appeals to drooling ignoramuses, of whom there are enough to provide him and his family with a comfortable living. So why doesn’t he just sit back and enjoy life? It’s a mystery, but somehow he has persuaded himself that he’s on a holy mission to save the world — by getting everyone to think as he does. Let’s read on:
Scotland’s current education policy is that teachers and educational professionals — not the government — should determine school curriculum. This means that teachers can at least present the many problems with evolutionary ideas as well as possibly present other alternatives, such as biblical creation, to their students. Naturally, the Scottish Secular Society is not happy about this as they want their religion of naturalism to be taught exclusively.
Hambo’s Adam&Eve stuff is The Truth™, but science is the “religion of naturalism.” He continues:
One of the scientists, Sir Harold Kroto, said that “creationism was a religious concept and there should be recognition that schools should be teaching facts.” Of course, by “facts” they mean their own religion of naturalism, and by “creationism” as “a religious concept” they, no doubt, mean Christianity, which I believe is the real issue to them. Basically, by saying that we must teach facts, not religion, they are saying that their religion is the right one and should be taught to children.
See? Hambo is engaged in a religious war. The disturbing thing is that we think he may be serious. Here’s more:
Now, these scientists claim that “belief-based teaching should be entirely separate from science teaching” but what they don’t realize is that you can’t teach any model of origins without teaching a belief system. As I have pointed out many times, including in my debate with Bill Nye, there is a distinction between observational science and historical science.
We won’t waste time with that clunker. It’s discussed in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Moving along:
These scientists with the Scottish Secular Society have a presupposition that the world arrived through naturalist processes, and this directs their interpretation of the evidence. This worldview of naturalism is directly contradictory to what God’s Word teaches for it is a way of explaining life without God. It is a belief system and a religion!
Aaaargh!! No, Hambo, it’s not an arbitrary presupposition. It’s a conclusion which is entirely based on observable evidence. Where is the evidence that the laws of nature were different in the past? Oh, it’s required if one is to believe a literal reading of Genesis, which describes a Bronze Age society’s guesswork about the universe. Okay, enough said about that. Here’s another excerpt:
So as these scientists push to ban creation from being taught in schools they are not separating “belief-based teaching” and “science teaching.” Instead, they are simply pushing their own religion of atheistic naturalism on students.
Yeah — they’re pushing their “religion” in, and pushing Hambo’s religion out. That’s why it’s a religious war. On with the rant:
The situation is no different in the USA. In fact, this war on Christianity is happening worldwide. … These secular groups don’t want freedom of religion; they want freedom from Christianity — because they are in rebellion against the One who created them and owns them.
It’s a global war, and Hambo is on God’s side! Whose side are you on, dear reader? And now we come to our last excerpt:
We are indeed in a fierce and ongoing spiritual war for our kids, which is why it is so important to teach your children the truth of God’s Word and equip them with answers so that they can defend the hope within them.
Then it dribbles to an end with an invitation to visit Hambo’s Creation Museum. So what can we say? Nothing, really. Hambo’s rant speaks for itself. Perhaps, if we pray for him, he may one day see the error of his ways.
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