Creationist groups in the UK would prefer to keep their activities in schools out of the lime light. So this campaign is designed to keep them honest.
Below is a list of public creationist talks. We encourage BCSE members and interested members of the public to attend the talks for two reasons;
- Keep an eye on their activities and arguments.
- Ask them about their future plans involving schools.
We would also encourage you to contact any schools in the area where these talks are being given to see if there is a creationist visiting.
Recently in York, John Mackay from "creation research" said this;
“In schools they tell us “no religion” so I just say I will talk about the evolution of mankind and there is no problem. ha ha”So we know that they are not even honest about what they want to talk to the children about. We are also aware of creationists previously speaking in schools without the knowledge of the parents. In fact BCM now have the following comment in their events page;
"Note: Meetings are also arranged in schools and colleges but details are not advertised."BCSE is aware that CMI UK have arranged speaking events in state funded schools that have not appeared in their events listings.
If you decide to go and see some creationists for yourself then here are a few suggestions to help things go well;
- Take notes (try to concentrate on factual claims about science, rather than deep sounding but vague philosophical musings)
- Take any free leaflets or literature on offer
- Please don't interrupt laugh or heckle.
- Feel free to ask questions - there is usually a Q & A session - we recommend that you ask about school visits that they have undertaken or that they have planned
- Don't get involved in any arguments
We have started producing resources to specifically address the materials distributed at Creationist meetings in the UK. Here is our first article which includes a downloadable pdf debunking Creation Research's "evidence from biology" leaflet.
Creation Watch Opportunities
Here are some recent and future creationist meetings - please let us know of any others you know about. If you are planning on attending we can put you in touch with others going along if you like; (mark at bcseweb.org.uk)
We will put any new events we notice on the list but we will also put a post on the blog - so if you subscribe to the blog RSS you will be updated of any changes to this list.
Click the link to read a report of the event or for more details of future events.
17 Nov 2009 John Mckay in York
25 Nov 2009 Dr Hellawell in Redditch
15 Dec 2009 Phil Bell in Leeds
28 Feb 2010 Paul Taylor in Redditch
17 Aug 2010 Casey Luskin in the USA
23 Oct 2010 Michael Behe vs Keith Fox - Premier Radio
20 Nov 2010 Michael Behe in Leamington Spa
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