Monday, 15 September 2014

God vs Creationists

A lovely piece by Peter Enns highlighting some of the theological problems with being a Creationist.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

More than just the referendum

Paul Braterman brings us up to date on the petition to ban creationism being presented as science in schools north of the border.

View from the Pulpit: Michael Roberts

Michael is the BCSE spokesman and recently posted on his blog the contents of a church booklet he wrote in 1990, now with added piccies!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Petition to the Scottish Government

Nobel Laureate Kroto backs Scottish Secular Society's call for guidance to keep creationist teaching out of Scottish schools

"Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to issue official guidance to bar the presentation in Scottish publicly funded schools of separate creation and of Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the established science of evolution, common descent, and deep time"

Sir Harold joins human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Society Andrew Copson and President of the National Secular Society Terry Sanderson who have all signed the petition.

The petition itself, if you haven't yet signed, is at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/gettinginvolved/petitions/creationismguidance

More on the petition and why we need it, Sir Harold, and his links to Scotland here

Government to stop funding Creationist nurseries

Coverage from the Guardian, Telegraph, NSS and BHA.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

ACE school has to clean up its act following regulators ruling

Thanks to some complaints made by Jonny Scaramanga, Emmanuel School in Exeter, which teaches the Creationist ACE curriculum and who were strongly implying to prospective parents that the qualifications it offers were worth UCAS points, even though they aren't, now have to clean up their act.

The full Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) adjudication is here.

Other ACE schools are now being followed up by the ASA. Well done Jonny.

HT - Jonny Scaramanga

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Steiner Schools (Creationists +) criticised

"Allegations of racism and widespread bullying by both teachers and pupils in private Steiner schools have emerged in government memos that considered whether they should be given public money to open free schools. 
The documents outline a number of alarming claims, ranging from a teacher throwing a rounders bat at a pupil to staff using "racial epithets" with a mixed-race child.
Despite officials raising concerns over both the seriousness and the prevalence of the allegations, ministers went on to approve the opening of three Steiner free schools, in addition to an existing academy, with more applications in the pipeline.
The concerns are contained in documents released following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the British Humanist Association (BHA). The Department for Education originally refused the request but that decision was overturned at a tribunal hearing.
The new revelations come on top of other concerns raised by the association about Steiner schools' promotion of homeopathy, opposition to vaccinations, and their approach to science teaching and evolution."

The TES cover the story here.