by Dominic Statham and Philip Bell Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association (BHA) are celebrating this week.1 Following the launch of their â€˜Teach Evolution, not Creationismâ€˜ campaign in September last year, the UKâ€™s Department of Education has revised the regulations relating to teaching about origins in government funded schools. Those â€˜free schoolsâ€™2 that teach creation or intelligent design (ID) in science lessons will, from now on, have their financial support withdrawn.
Despite the media furore, however, this comes as no surprise (see Timeline below). Shortly before becoming the UKâ€™s Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove made the following statement on the BBCâ€™s Andrew Marr Show:
â€œWell, to my mind, you cannot have a school which teaches creationism. And one thing that we will make absolutely clear is that you cannot have schools which are set up which teach people things which are clearly at variance with what we know to be scientific fact.â€3 What is particularly sad about these kinds of statements is that what is understood to be â€˜scientific factâ€™ is, in fact, nothing more than thinly disguised philosophical naturalism (aka atheism).4
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