This chap is actually Philip Bell, a full time Evangelical hell fire preacher from Creation Ministries International (CMI), spreading the word to anyone who will have him.
We covered one of his talks here and you can judge his probity for yourself. He quoted Jesus on BBC radio as justification for lying (I am not making this up - go read our report).
This happened recently in a state funded Church of England school in Exeter.
One of the parents, who knew nothing about her children being proselytised by a fundamentalist until after the event, and, as a trained Geologist, was familiar with the vacuousness of the pseudoscientific claims being made, wrote to the school to complain.
She was told by the Chair of Governors that this was all part of the RE curriculum and not to worry because they also invited an "evolutionist" to speak, that both sides had equality, both "scientists" were given equal time and both talks were presented to the children as "a belief".
When the parent wrote back pointing out the huge problems with this and reluctantly withdrawing her children from worship, since she is a mainstream Anglican and totally opposed to such unscientific beliefs, the Head's reply included;
You should be aware that I, having a duty of care to both of your children, shall be monitoring your actions and their consequences for the children with regard to such matters very carefully indeed.The school is adamant it has done nothing wrong despite presenting creationism on equal terms with modern science to sixteen year olds. CMI called the event "Ministry to schoolchildren".
The story was covered here and on local radio and another CMI member, Gavin Cox, has been demonstrating a heady mixture of ignorance, arrogance and a willingness to abuse anyone who disagrees with him in excruciating detail in the comments. His first dollop of impressive sciencey sounding verbiage is soon pulled apart which is a cue for name calling and abuse. He brings up charges of Nazism, repeatedly calls an Anglican vicar a RC Bishop, despite being corrected, and much, I imagine, to the entertainment of both. Could sixteen year olds be expected to see through his confident delivery of such tripe?
Mr Gove is Crystal Clear that creationism should not be taught as science. Here we have a school presenting Creationism as a valid scientific belief (whatever that actually means) on an equal basis with modern science.
Mr Gove might be keen to show that his Free Schools could not possibly succumb to this kind of thing but this incident demonstrates that mainstream state education needs more clarity and better protection from such fundamentalist wordplay being used to make a mockery of his position.
More to follow on this story soon.