Head teachers removed in row over ‘creationist’ church
Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 16, 2013
Creeping creationism in Scotland
TWO head teachers who allowed members of a US-based creationist church to help out at a Scottish primary school have been removed from their posts.
Alexandra MacKenzie, and her deputy Elizabeth Mockus, have been assigned other duties while an inquiry is carried out into the involvement of the fundamentalist Christian sect over a period of eight years at Kirktonholme Primary in East Kilbride.
Officials at South Lanarkshire Council said they wanted to establish why the Church of Christ group, which does not believe in evolution and condemns homosexual relationships, had been allowed to provide chaplaincy for eight years.
The local authority issued a statement confirming that the teachers had been replaced and given other roles in the council while the inquiry was conducted.
The investigation was launched following complaints by parents after children took home two creationist books, How Do You Know God is Real?, and Exposing the Myth of Evolution, which they had been given at assembly.
Mrs MacKenzie defended the decision to give the books to pupils in a letter, saying: “While I appreciate that not every family in our school are practising Christians, I was only too happy to accept this generous gift on your behalf. I hope you will all accept it in the spirit with which it was offered.