by Paul Braterman and Mark Edon
- Tactical advantage gained by appealing to a huge majority support by including the religious non Creationists.
- Strategic advantage as the Creationists are denied one of their main recruitment and retention tactics and we give ourselves the best chance of reducing their hardcore support.
Anti-theist groups need no permission from us to continue their own wider campaigns and agendas but they should seriously consider working with an accommodationist umbrella group like the BCSE to maximise their political effectiveness in this particular fight.
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1 . . . but which on examination includes the denial of such vast swathes of modern science including physics, earth sciences and cosmology as they all speak to an old earth, plus so many other related disciplines, that one might as well say that such deniers simply reject science.
3 Church of England:http://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/medical-ethics-health-social-care-policy/darwin/malcolmbrown.aspx Catholic Church:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_evolution 31% of self identified christians want Creation taught in science classes: http://c3414097.r97.cf0.rackcdn.com/IpsosMORI_RDFRS-UK_Survey_Topline_15-02-2012.pdf Creationist states that “vast majority of evangelicals reject six day Creation”: http://bcseweb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/are-Creationists-representative-of.html
4 We will be generous here and take the view that it is undue haste and incompetence that have made Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, to approve Free School status for a crypto-Creationist group, and that he is not a religious fundamentalist
7 http://bcseweb.org.uk/index.php/Main/ForTeachers and here http://bcseweb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/view-from-pulpit-michael-roberts-c-of-e.html
10 See Richard Dawkins converts corner (http://richarddawkins.net/letters/converts) for examples of loss of faith and the BCSE community forum (http://www.forums.bcseweb.org.uk/) for examples of both kinds.
11 Southcott, R. & Downie, J., Evolution and Religion: Attitudes of Scottish Bioscience Students to the Teaching of Evolutionary Biology, Evolution: Education and Outreach, Springer New York, 1936-6426, pp. 1-11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12052-012-0419-9 , Doi: 10.1007/s12052-012-0419-9