Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Widespread creationism teaching would worry UK's Tony Blair

From ABC News: November 1, 2006 - London (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair (10 Downing Street website) said in an interview published on Wednesday he would be worried if creationism entered mainstream teaching in British schools.

Creationism - the view that God created the world in six days as described in the Bible - has long been at the center of controversy in the United States, where conservative Christians reject Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Continued at "Widespread creationism teaching would worry UK's Tony Blair"

The relevant "Q and A" from the interview referred to is:

Q: One subject that is of great concern to scientists is creationism. There has been a suggestion that creationism is being taught in some British schools. What are your views on this?

A: This can be hugely exaggerated. I've visited one of the schools in question and as far as I'm aware they are teaching the curriculum in a normal way. If I notice creationism becoming the mainstream of the education system in this country then that's the time to start worrying. As I've said, it's really important for science to fight the battles it needs to fight. When something like MMR arises, or stem cells, that's the time to have a real debate.

The full text of the New Scientist interview is available here or listen to it as an mp3 podcast (audio)

Featured Books: The God Delusion (Amazon UK | US) by Richard Dawkins, and "Tony Blair (Biography)" (UK | US) by Thomas M. Collins.

Books on Creationism from the Science and Evolution Bookshop: UK | US

Books on Intelligent Design from the Science and Evolution Bookshop: UK | US

Books on 'Science and Religion' from the Science and Evolution Bookshop: UK | US

Technorati: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Add to: CiteUlike | Connotea | | Digg | Furl | Newsvine | Reddit | Yahoo