THE government has cleared the way for a form of creationism to be taught in BritainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s schools as part of the religious syllabus.
Lord Adonis, an education minister, is to issue guidelines within two months for the teaching of Ã¢â‚¬Å“intelligent designÃ¢â‚¬Â (ID), a theory being promoted by the religious right in America.
Until now the government has not approved the teaching of the controversial theory, which contradicts Darwinian evolutionary theory, the basis of modern biology.
1/1/07 Update: Additional information from Truth in Science
As a side note, the famous Keele/Reading atheist philosopher Professor Antony Flew, who last year sparked a huge controversy by giving up atheism for deism, a move that was fitfully argued as untrue by the alarmed atheist movement, is one of the eggheads who encouraged the British government to start teaching ID.
It has emerged that 12 prominent academics wrote to Tony Blair and Alan Johnson, the education secretary, last month arguing that ID should be taught as part of science on the national curriculum.
They included Antony Flew, formerly professor of philosophy at Reading University; Terry Hamblin, professor of immunohaemotology at Southampton University; and John Walton, professor of chemistry at St Andrews University. In October Truth in Science was criticised for sending education packs to hundreds of schools across Britain explaining ID.
The packs Ã¢â‚¬â€ which included books and DVDs Ã¢â‚¬â€ were used by some unwary science teachers as teaching aids.
But Truth in Science in turn accuses Dawkins of pressuring ministers into promoting atheism through schools.
McIntosh said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“People like Dawkins are pushing atheism through schools, which is a religious view, and not a scientific one. Atheism is not the natural state of a scientist, since there have been scientists who have been theists both before and after Darwin.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lord Pearson, a Tory peer and supporter of ID, who asked the question that prompted AdonisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s statement, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Advances in DNA science show that the DNA molecule is so complicated that it could not have happened by accident. It shows there is a design behind it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Quick, call Judge John Jones and let him know. Obviously the Brits haven’t heard of his majesty’s ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover and how ID died as a result. ROFLMAO