Sunday, 11 March 2012

Creationists ignoring government request

We have told you before about the cryto-creationist web site "World Around Us".  It's one of those really strange things only creationists like Genesis Agendum can cook up.

WAU Menu
Start with silly creationist tales of Noah's Ark, a 6,000 year old earth etc.
Now mix with scientific sounding language.
Be careful not to worry about logic or evidence.
Add a slack handful of references - don't worry about them being correct.
Carefully remove any overt reference to God or creationism
Allow to stew slowly in a strong sense of persecution.
Add a large dollop of shear bloody mindedness and serve smugly as the best thing since sliced bread.
Now promote to UK schools. 
We previously told you about their careful quoting of DfE correspondence to give the impression their scientifically worthless web site was somehow officially endorsed for use in schools.

The DfE have since then been very clear that creationism is not science and should not be presented as a valid scientific point of view in publicly funded schools in any subject.

Following some FOI requests and in line with Crown copyright and under the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/) for news purposes, we can reveal that Genesis Agendum have been ignoring a government request to remove those comments since December last year.

Here is the redacted request from last year:

December 2011

Dear XXXXX,

It has come to our attention that one of the pages of your website carries quotations from two separate items of correspondence from the Department. We have reviewed the page in question.  We believe that these excerpts have been cited out of their original context and are concerned that the selective quotation might mislead readers in two ways.
Firstly it would suggest that the Department is endorsing your website. This is not the case. The Department does not endorse, fund or promote any specific resources or activities for use in schools.
We also consider that the quotations might give readers the impression that the Department endorses the teaching of creationist views in science. Again, this is not the case. The Government is committed to high quality science education, reflecting the consensus within the scientific community about the validity of current explanations of the origins of the universe and the diversity of life on Earth.
I should, therefore, be grateful if you would consider removing the quotations from your website.
Yours sincerely,

Maths and Science Team
Curriculum Policy Division
Those out of context quotations are still there.

Three months and counting.

An excellent example of the kind of behaviour we have come to expect from creationists here in the UK.

We will revisit this issue from time to time until Genesis Agendum finally remove the misleading material.

Wonder what the ASA might think . . . ?

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