19 September 2011
Welsh church leader baffled by top scientists
A Welsh church leader has expressed his bewilderment at a statement made by a group of leading scientists.
This group, under the sponsorship of the British Humanist Association, is calling on the UK government to ban the teaching of creationism or intelligent design ideas in state fund schools.
According to the BHA's web site: "Creationism and 'intelligent design' are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as scientific theories by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools. There should be enforceable statutory guidance that they may not be presented as scientific theories in any publicly-funded school of whatever type."
Elfed Godding, national director of Evangelical Alliance Wales said: " I am baffled by the statement issued by this eminent group. Education at all levels involves the careful analysis of a variety of ideas and viewpoints. To insist on the validity of one theory alone to the detriment of all others exemplifies intolerance and doesn't belong in the classrooms of Wales and the rest of the UK."
"Christians hold different views when it comes to the origins of the universe. Although believing passionately in the creative activity of a loving God, Christians hold a range of scientific opinions in relation to how the universe has taken shape."
"Children and young people are entitled to be exposed to these opinions within the context of a balanced curriculum."
Elfed Godding, director of coalitions and Wales
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