UPPER Bann MP David Simpson has called on parents to put pressure on local schools to teach creationism as a scientific alternative to evolution in science classes.
Mr Simpson, who is a member of the Free Presbyterian Church, said; “I would call upon parents to now make a formal request to all schools in the area that science classes are opened to the greater scientific data and breadth of teaching that will benefit pupils.
“There is a huge library of resource material and a huge body of research by many reputable scientists that can be accessed very easily by schools.”
Creationism is the belief that the Earth was created by a greater being, God, and that the accounts in the book of Genesis are literally true. Creationists also believe the book of Genesis contradicts the theory of evolution and that it should be taught as part of the science curriculum.
The debate began after Mr Simpson asked Education Minister Caitriona Ruane in an Assembly session what provisions were in place for teachers to teach creationism, intelligent design and other theories of origins as scientific explanations. She informed him the revised education curriculum would provide the option for schools to include the teaching of alternative theories.
Mr Simpson said this was a step in the right direction. “An opportunity now exists for parents to bring the curtain down on the narrow and limiting provision that many pupils have endured on this issue over many years. I would urge parents to take advantage of it,” he said.
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