In a bold move, a Great Britain official, has threatened to strip state funding for any school that teaches creationism. In an address to parliament late last month, Nicky Morgan, Great Britain’s Education Secretary, labeled creationism as an “extreme” view, saying, “there is a clear account…of people in positions of influence in these schools, with a restricted and narrow interpretation of their faith, who have not promoted fundamental British values and who have failed to challenge the extremist views of others.”
08/19/2014 United Kingdom (Christian News Network) -In an attempt to crack down on religious ‘extremism,’ Britain’s Education Secretary has announced that any schools that teach creation will be stripped of government funding.
Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary of Great Britain, delivered a statement to Parliament late last month, in which she condemned the spread of religious views within British schools. Citing a recently-released report, Morgan particularly emphasized the danger of radical Islamic beliefs infiltrating Britain’s classrooms.
“There has been no evidence of direct radicalisation or violent extremism,” Morgan stated. “But there is a clear account in the report of people in positions of influence in these schools, with a restricted and narrow interpretation of their faith, who have not promoted fundamental British values and who have failed to challenge the extremist views of others.”
The report mentioned by Morgan also denounces the teaching of creation in public schools, suggesting that anti-evolution beliefs are comparable to radical Islam. One section of the report claims that creation beliefs equate to “teaching belief as fact.”
“Staff have said that creationism has been taught as fact in science lessons and in assemblies at Park View School,” the report says. “A member of staff at Park View reported that pupils had said: ‘I’m made of clay … There is no evolution.’”
Additionally, British education officials say evolution should be regularly taught to students, including young children in nurseries. For instance, one section of the report takes issue with the limited attention evolutionary theory received in one school.