We’ll start this the way we did our Scotland update a year ago: Gather ’round, lads and lassies. The bagpipes are playing, the haggis is sizzling in the fire, and there’s a delightful breeze blowing up your kilt. It’s time for another update on the creationist scene in Scotland.
The HeraldScotland of Cambuslang, just outside Glasgow, has this story: Petition for restrictions on teaching creationist theory. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A NEO-CREATIONIST group has been accused of seeking to spread disinformation among children by calling for theories that deny evolution to be taught in science lessons. The Centre for Intelligent Design (C4ID), based in Glasgow, claims evolution should be taught objectively.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, and Flat-Earth should also be taught objectively. It’s the fair thing to do. Then we’re told:
The C4ID, which opened four years ago, expressed its views in response to a petition submitted to the Scottish Parliament by the Scottish Secular Society. The petition, to be heard on November 11, calls for official guidance to be issued in schools barring the presentation of creationist and Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the science of evolution. It has been backed by three Nobel-winning British scientists – Sir Harold Kroto, Sir Richard Roberts and Sir John Sulston.
You’re probably familiar with the situation because we recently wrote about ol’ Hambo’s reaction — see Ken Ham Is Furious About Scotland. Let’s read on:
Alastair Noble, director of C4ID, said his organisation believed the petition was based on imposing a “particular world view”. He acknowledged the idea of teaching “for and against” evolution would be controversial, but claimed it was consistent with scientific method.
Yes, the scientific method. It’s the same with teaching “for and against” Flat Earth — the schools should present both sides of that controversy too.
As you may have guessed, the Discovery Institute has been posting that they’re fully in support of C4ID. From four years ago, see New Centre for Intelligent Design opens in UK, and more recently: Meyer Speaks in London to Centre for Intelligent Design UK, which begins with these words: “Our British sister organization, the Centre for Intelligent Design UK (C4ID) … .” So you know what the Scots are dealing with. Today’s news story continues:
But Paul Braterman, an honorary senior research fellow in chemistry at Glasgow University and committee member of the British Centre for Science Education (BCSE), a campaign to keep religion out of science classes, said C4ID was using “tired” arguments that were “merely a stalking horse for creationism.”
Braterman sometimes comments on this humble blog, so he’s obviously one of the good guys. There’s a bit more, but we’ve excerpted enough. The HeraldScotland has a comments section for that news story, but there haven’t been any yet. Stay tuned to this blog for further news of that worthy petition.
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