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October 21, 2006 3:00 am
From Mr Ian Lowe.
Sir, Rob Blackhurst asks if creationism is really likely to flourish in Britain ("Who are you calling old?" FT magazine, October 14/15). The British Centre for Science Education is deeply concerned that this unpleasant vision is a very real possibility.
Even though the Intelligent Design concept has been discredited in the US, a group calling itself "Truth in Science" has sent materials to every school in the country, attempting to whip up a controversy that does not, in fact, exist in modern science.
Far from being an affable eccentric, John Mackay, together with his compatriots, represents a well-funded group with a clear agenda to change our society in ways that few of us would support. Some UK universities are already incorporating remedial classes to challenge the damage done by the teaching of creationism.
The UK's position at the forefront of the bioscience and biotechnology industry depends on high-quality science education and is clearly under threat.
The Royal Society and the Church of England are in full agreement on this issue - creationism has no place in our science classes. We would encourage your readers to make sure that the creationists get the message.
British Centre for Science Education,
Airdrie, North Lanarks ML6 8LG
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