from Huff Post:
Paxo, the great tormentor, has faced down some formidable opponents during his tenure as Newsnight’s chief interrogator. John Lewis from Christian Education Europe is not likely to go down as one of them.
Appearing on Monday on a segment on creationism being taught in schools, the somewhat baffled apologist found himself toyed with then dismissed by the Newsnight stalwart, particularly after Lewis tried to imply some bias in the BBC video suggesting a lack of education for those that believe in Adam and Eve.
Professor Alice Roberts, President of the Association of Science Education, argued on the side of sanity reason. Watch Paxo’s exasperation when Lewis refuses to answer how long it took God to make the world.
In my first ever blog post, I wrote that the blog existed to expose the activities of Accelerated Christian Education. I now think that “expose” was the wrong verb. It implies that ACE is in some way underhanded about what it does. ACE is actually completely blatant about its educational philosophy, and their leaders’ own writing on the subject of education is far more damning than anything I could write on the subject.
What ACE and other fundamentalist curricula are, however, is mostly invisible to the general public. As Paul F. Parsons explains, there’s a reason for that.
Fundamentalist schools, in particular, operate in secrecy. This is done not only to discourage the prying of government agencies but to avoid the eyeing of a suspicious public.
So here’s what ACE says it exists for in its own words. After I spoke to Reading Skeptics in the Pub…
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Loch Ness monster: Religious educators have cut Nessie from creationist textbooks. Picture: Contributed
Published on the 28 July 2013 12:44
SCOTLAND’S most renowned mythical creature has been axed by religious educators.
• Creationist textbook culls Loch Ness Monster from lessons
• Mythical monster was cited to disprove theory of evolution
New editions of a Christian biology textbook will no longer contain the contentious idea that the beast may have been a real living creature.
But the educators have now dropped the creature from their teachings.
Creationism is a religious position that largely believes the universe was created by a supernatural being.
It focuses heavily on evolution and many of its followers reject the notion of a scientific explanation to the creation of life.
It is estimated that around 2,000 students in the UK are taught creationism in private schools or through home schooling.
The previous edition of the schoolbook said: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland?”
It continued: “‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
It was also claimed that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur.
In the latest edition, both of these claims have been removed.
Jonny Scaramanga, from Bath, went through the ACE programme as a child but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism.
He said: “In the new editions they’ve replaced Nessie with talk of folktales from China and Ireland… They still want to prove that dinosaurs and humans existed at the same time.”
Arthur Roderick, founding director of Christian Education Europe part of the ACE, said: “As with any textbooks… curriculum is subject to revision and change.”