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In the News (Wed 19 Jun 19)

  Elxn-Ont-Schools-Creationism, 2nd Writethru Bgt
On the eve of a provincial election campaign that gets underway Monday, the Conservatives are promising to give private religious schools $400 million if they opt into the public system, teach the provincial curriculum, hire accredited teachers and administer standardized tests.
Sensing a growing media storm, Tory later clarified his remarks to say that he meant creationism could be taught in religion class, and that he did not mean to suggest the two theories would be given equal weight in a science lab.
Creationism is currently not part of the provincial science curriculum and isn't given the same weight as evolution, she said.
www.recorder.ca /cp/National/070905/n0905139A.html   (681 words)

 NCSE Resource -- Creationism news from around the world
Although the United States remains the bastion of creationism, the rest of the world is not invulnerable.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Tony Blair downplayed the threat of creationism in British public education, telling New Scientist (November 1, 2006), "I've visited one of the schools in question and as far as I'm aware they are teaching the curriculum in a normal way.
Unmentioned were a recent propaganda blitz by a new creationist organization styling itself Truth in Science (see the story in The Times Education Supplement [September 29, 2006]), the chilly response from the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, and the activities of anticreationist organizations such as the British Centre for Science Education.
www.ncseweb.org /resources/news/2006/XX/961_creationism_news_from_around_t_11_2_2006.asp   (612 words)

 TheStar.com - living - Creationism debate continues to evolve
The battle over creationism in the classroom is not unique to small town America, prominent Canadian biologists warn.
Most respond by teaching neither evolution nor creationism, leaving students with the impression that the two are of equal merit, he says.
Evangelism and the religious right in Canada are much smaller than in the United States, so ideas such as creationism and intelligent design tend to have fewer followers, she says.
www.thestar.com /printArticle/198318   (1041 words)

  Teach Darwin, Quebec tells evangelicals
Elsewhere in Canada, governments tend not to interfere with what is taught in independent schools, unless a particular school is using the provincial curriculum.
Ontario Education Minister Kathleen Wynne said in an interview that if faith-based or private high schools have adopted the ministry curriculum and want their students to graduate with a provincial diploma, they are subject to an inspection to ensure they meet guidelines.
Elaine Hopkins, executive director of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools, which represents nearly 900 institutions in the province, said many religious schools in Canada, and especially in Ontario, tend to teach their own particular philosophical position, and are not required to instruct students on Darwin's theory of evolution.
www.geocities.com /lclane2/quebec.html   (473 words)

 Provinces and territories of Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The major difference between a Canadian province and a territory is that a province receives powers directly from the Constitution Act, 1867, while a territory is delegated powers by the federal government.
Provincial and territorial legislatures are unicameral, having no second chamber equivalent to the Canadian Senate.
In most provinces, the single house of the legislature is known as the Legislative Assembly except in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, where it is called the House of Assembly, and Quebec where it is called the National Assembly. /wiki/index.php/Provinces_and_territories_of_Canada   (990 words)

 The Winchester Star-Age-Old Debate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
In its 2000 assessment, the foundation gave Virginia a “D” grade, not because creationism is ignored, but because the state standards do not go far enough in their treatment of evolution.
Blem has labeled Ohio “provincial” for its willingness to consider presentations on both evolution and creationism as part of its proposed new standards for science.
Creationism — which eschews the primordial puddle view of life in favor of teaching that a force, or being, higher and greater than man created life — cannot and should not be ignored.
www.winchesterstar.com /TheWinchesterStar/021205/Opinion_debate.asp   (398 words)

 TheStar.com | living | Creationism debate continues to evolve
Evolution: The theory, popularized by Charles Darwin, that all species developed over time through mutations or adaptations that help ensure their survival, allowing them to pass those traits on to their offspring.
Creationism: The view that all things on earth were created directly by God, as described in the Book of Genesis.
Intelligent Design: The theory that nature is too complex to have developed through random mutation and natural selection, so it must have had some form of intelligent being directing its development.
www.thestar.com /article/198318   (1252 words)

 The Creation Date Controversy
With the help of a provincial scholarship and a National Research Council (NRC) of Canada fellowship, he completed his undergraduate degree in physics (University of British Columbia) and graduate degrees in astronomy (University of Toronto).
Some academics find in young-earth creationism a ready excuse to disregard "archaic notions" about the authenticity and authority of the Bible as a revealer of truth concerning God and man. If scientific absurdity shows up on the very first page, there's no need to give serious attention to whatever other "myths" may follow.
Young-earth creationism really arose after the King James translation of the Bible and a sequence of clashes between the theological and scientific communities that followed.
www.leaderu.com /real/ri9403/date.html   (3250 words)

 Why Creation 'Science' Must Be Kept Out of the Classroom
The ACLU fought its case on the grounds that Creationism is religious, not scientific, and that its teaching would therefore violate Constitutional separation of church and state as well as the academic freedom of both teachers and students.
In Canada, generally, the Provincial Ministries of Education have not defined any specific policy with respect to Creationism, so that it is neither on the curricula nor off.
As a result, it is possible that Creationism may be taught in schools wherever there are teachers with Creationist beliefs, though not necessarily with the endorsement of the Ministries.
www.chestnutcafe.com /cafe/_papers/creation.html   (3235 words)

 Creationism, Evolution, and Intelligent Design in the News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
A Minnesota woman who once thought creationism "was absolutely nuts" has bought a billboard in downtown Minneapolis and one in Duluth aimed at stirring debate over evolution.
The Quebec Ministry of Education has told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwin's theory of evolution and sex education or close their doors after a school board in the Outaouais region complained the provincial curriculum was not being followed.
In a veiled attack on creationism, the world's foremost academies of science have called on parents and teachers to provide children with the facts about evolution and the origins of life on Earth.
www.christiangeology.com /news/creationistnews.php   (1604 words)

 Jacobsen's Links on Evolution Versus Creationism
Though I retained a vague memory about the Scopes Monkey Trial, I was a little shocked to learn there was still an ongoing and passionate debate in some educational quarters about controlling children's access to ideas about evolution 80 years after that part-time teacher stood trial in Tennessee for teaching about Darwin.
I am not aware of much debate about these ideas going on in Canadian schools, new teachers should be aware that the "evolution versus creationism" debate is still being fought vigorously in academic, religious and scientific arenas around the world, and primarily in some of the southern United States.
The following links about the "evolution versus creationism" issue should be of interest to those who hold positions on either side of this debate.
www.ucalgary.ca /~dmjacobs/prosem/evolution_creationism.html   (257 words)

This has propitiated the rising of some groups that are opposed to the teaching of Evolution in schools, and that the invention of pseudosciences, as Creationism, creation science and creative evolution, which have been founded on ideological roots, be integrated in the schools’ courses as options to Scientific theories.
Creationism cannot explain dinosaurs, trilobites, massive extinctions, congenital deformities, mutations, pathogenesis, parasites, virus, venomous animals and plants, man-eaters animal, etc., if it do not resort to Evolution.
Pseudoscience is relatively simple to detect in themes as creationism, astrology, divination, chiromancy, homeopathy, holistic medicine, UFOs, Aliens, etc., but we face a true problem when we deal with academic pseudoscience.
www.biocab.org /Pseudoscience.html   (4800 words)

 Sad day for free speech - Page 7 - Sean Hannity Discussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Natural selection, genetics and the evolutionary model taught to explain those facts are not "fragile." Public understanding of the rudiments of natural selection, given the relatively recent development of evolutionary biology as a science, is less than complete.
Creationism goes hand in hand with the very clear program to Christianize the public estate and government.
And again, the OP is NOT about teaching creationism in a science class, so it's a faux concern to be worried about evolution.
www.hannity.com /forum/showthread.php?t=50281&page=7   (1566 words)

 Hind Limb Rudiments on Modern Whales
One of the protrusions was cut off by the crew of the vessel but the other was photographed in situ by the superintendent of the Station.
Lawson, officials of the Consolidated Whaling Company, appreciated the importance of the discovery and presented the skeletal remains of the attachment to the Provincial Museum, Victoria, B.C. [Canada].
Francis Kermode, Director of the Provincial Museum, very courteously submitted the bones to me with permission to publish upon the result of my examination.
www.edwardtbabinski.us /whales/rudiments02.html   (1433 words)

 Creationism versus Scientific Evolution Theory: Essays - Religious Opportunism
Muhammad clearly exhorted his followers to impose Islamic law upon the entire world, and to take whatever actions are necessary in order to achieve that goal.
Bin Laden, on the other hand, has ambitions which are clearly provincial in nature.
For now, at least, their interest in other nations is limited to those nations' effect upon their own provincial interests.
www.creationtheory.org /Essays/Opportunism.shtml   (2212 words)

 John Derbyshire on Conservatism on National Review Online
Intelligent provincials can be as confident, even as snobbish, as the metropolitans who look down on them.
I myself was raised in a small provincial town, but I have spent most of my adult life in big cities or their shadows, and have a mostly metropolitan cast of mind.
The metropolitan conservative and his provincial cousin both have their part to play in keeping what Sir Kenneth called "the balance of ends and means." Sitting in New York cooking up argumentative commentaries is as useful, in its own way, as running a Christian home-schooling group in Knoxville.
www.nationalreview.com /derbyshire/derbyshire050803.asp   (1675 words)

 [Canada] Evangelical schools ordered to teach Darwin (Or be shut down)
Creationism in science class is worse than no science class at all.
The parents are being robbed with excessive taxes to support the schools with mandated provincial curriculum.
Then the parents pay again to send their children to a school where they can learn something other then what is mandated by the all-knowing all-wise state.
freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1725100/posts   (4082 words)

 'Creationism debate continues to evolve' by Stuart Laidlaw, Toronto Star - RichardDawkins.net
Toronto-based fundamentalist author Denyse O'Leary charges that Alters is overstating the situation, saying the problem is not that intelligent design and creationism are creeping into schools, but that only evolution is taught.
Creationism is completely born of religion, there is absolutely no science behind it.
If it weren't for the finely honed passive-aggressive techniques of the theists, they probably wouldn't get half the victories they do.
richarddawkins.net /article,834,Creationism-debate-continues-to-evolve,Stuart-Laidlaw-Toronto-Star   (4695 words)

 Creationism of America's Founding Fathers, by Henry M
Creationism of America's Founding Fathers, by Henry M
It has been noted that many of the founding fathers of our country were strict creationists and that this fact was reflected in the Declaration of Independence In this article, several testimonies are cited in support of this vitally important fact.
The tragic departure of our schools, our government, and even many of our churches and seminaries from these great principles may well lead to God's judgment instead of His blessing, unless we return soon to the God of our fathers.
www.israelect.com /reference/WillieMartin/S-1.htm   (730 words)

 USATODAY.com - 'Call to arms' on evolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
31% say they "feel pressured to include creationism, Intelligent Design, or other alternatives to evolution in their science classroom." More of the pressure comes from students (22%) and parents (20%.)
Creationism is the belief that species have divine origin.
Says Stephen Meyer of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, which promotes intelligent design: "My first reaction is we're seeing evidence of some panic among the official spokesmen for science." He says Alberts is wrong — that intelligent design is not creationism but a scientific approach more open-minded than Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
www.usatoday.com /news/education/2005-03-23-evolution_x.htm   (847 words)

 Creationism versus Scientific Evolution Theory: Essays - Hitler's Religion
Hitler was no exception; he hated racial intermixing with the fervour of racism buttressed by religious conviction, because he felt that non-Aryans were not human, and in his words, marriage should produce children who are "images of the Lord and not monstrosities halfway between man and ape."
In his mind, his "Final Solution" was no different from the kind of extermination program one might carry out against pest animals, and in a very real sense, his creationism led directly to his racism.
43Hermann Rauschning was an obscure provincial official with no real standing in the Nazi party, no authority, and no serious ties to Hitler.
www.creationtheory.org /Essays/Hitler.shtml   (5285 words)

Or so he vainly hoped, for far from seeing creationism off the proverbial field, Epicureanism merely served to rally the creationist camp towards a better definition of its views, and the school of thought which raised itself to meet the challenge of Epicurean materialism was the Stoic school, founded by Zeno in ca 308 BC.
It was the concept of 'evidence from design', an argument for that divinely inspired intent and purpose which was observable throughout the universe and which convinced the Stoic, as it convinces the creationist of today, of the scientific and philosophical correctness of his model.
Conceding the fact that the materialist's perception of the universe was marred somewhat by the alleged inability of human reason to perceive correctly the nature of the physical universe, Lucretius claimed that creationism likewise had a chink in its philosophical armour when it came to explaining the earth's place in the universe.
reactor-core.org /after-flood.html   (20520 words)

 The following quotes are reprinted with permission from the book, _Voices for Evolution_,
While anybody is free to approach a scientific inquiry in any fashion they choose, they cannot properly describe the methodology used as scientific, if they start with a conclusion and refuse to change it regardless of the evidence developed during the course of the investigation." -- Judge William R. Overton McLean v.
With its appeal to the supernatural, creationism is outside the realm of science." -- Iowa Academy of Science from a resolution adopted by a majority of all voting members, 2/81 "The total membership of these `scientific' creationist groups constitutes only a fraction of one percent of the scientific personnel in this country.
Most of them are not trained in biology or geology, the areas in which professional judgements are made in the field of evolutionary theory.
www.skepticfiles.org /evo2/evolquot.htm   (709 words)

 EvC Forum: Is the TOE falsifiable and if it was, would it advance Biblical Creationism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
creationism doesn't challege ToE as a whole, it isn't even in the same room with the ToE, you can't challenge something you can't understand, all you can do is make a strawman to fight and claim you win.
When you live in Asia you can't miss what a provincial phenomenon creationism is. Here the line about 'teaching the controversy' prompts laughter.
As to the other topic of this thread (ie would a falsification of ToE lead to the advancement of biblical creationism), the answer is NO, for two reasons.
www.evcforum.net /cgi-bin/dm.cgi?action=msg&f=5&t=709&m=75   (2090 words)

 Quebec Government Forcing Evangelical Private Schools to ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The National Post reported today on a controversial decision by Quebec’s education ministry to force small Christian schools to comply with provincial curriculum standards for all subjects, regardless of whether there is a contradiction with the school’s religious beliefs.
Quebec children are legally required to follow the provincial curriculumÂ…but these evangelical schools teach their own courses on creationism and sexuality that don’t follow the Quebec curriculum,” said Pierre Daoust, director-general of the Commission Scolaire au Coeur-des-Vallees in Thurso.
In 1986 the Supreme Court ruled that although an Alberta pastor who was running a school out of the basement of his church did have to license the school, the provincial government had to provide reasonable accommodation for religious belief.
boards.conservativelife.com /viewtopic.php?t=118827   (1030 words)

 Confessions of a Metropolitan Conservative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
And to apply his hypothesis to FreeRepublic, it is the clash between the "metropolitan" and "provincial" conservatives which fuels most of the verbal fireworks on FR.
No, I think not, except to the extent that libertarianism is a sort of reductio ad absurdam on classical liberalism, and classical liberalism is an urbane and generally tolerant worldview (at least insofar as state action is concerned) historically found among urban and urbane elites.
It is the worldview of those whose experiences are often more limited and provincial, whose reading is not wide and who are inherently suspicious of anyone or any view that is "different".
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/907863/posts   (3698 words)

 Overcomer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Quebec law requires school boards to assure the Ministry of Education that every child between the ages six of and 16, with the exception of home-schooled children, receives an adequate education, he said.
He said the school met provincial guidelines during two reviews conducted in the 1990s, although they were asked to add a Canadian history course.
Ministry spokeswoman Marie-France Boulay said yesterday the province will negotiate for several weeks with an unspecified number of evangelical schools to determine whether they can meet provincial standards that include the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution.
www.overcomerministry.org /content/view/269/68   (529 words)

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