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Nessie cut from creationism

Posted by doctore0 on July 28, 2013

RELIGIOUS educators who taught pupils that the existence of the Loch Ness monster disproves Darwin’s theory of evolution have dropped the assertion from their new curriculum.

New editions of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) biology textbooks do not contain the controversial idea that Scotland’s most famous mythological beast may have been a real living creature.

The updated book is only available to creationist-taught pupils in Europe, but campaigners say America is likely to follow suit.

The Sunday Herald exclusively reported last June that private schools which follow a fundamentalist curriculum, including the ACE programme, were teaching the theory aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.

Our story attracted interest and comments from across the globe and was followed up by several newspapers. Richard Dawkins, the outspoken evolutionary biologist, posted a link to it on his blog.

The previous edition of one ACE textbook said: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland?

“‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”

There was also a claim that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur. In the new editions, both claims have been removed. However, it still suggests that dinosaurs co-existed with humans.

It is estimated that around 2000 students in the UK are taught creationism, in private schools or through home schooling.
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One Response to “Nessie cut from creationism”

  1. Mordanicus said

    No surprise that creationists would use the existence of a lake monster for their purposes. That there’s no evidence for Nessie (actually it’s pretty much proven that such monster cannot exist), doesn’t matter if you believe in Flying Spaghetti Monsters, Pink Unicorns or orbiting teapots (the latter is btw nowadays quite believable, if some astronaut would have left it outer space). But one other point, how does the (supposed) continued existence of dinosaurs actually refute evolution? Afterall crocodilans have co-existed with dinosaurs and still exist today. And surprise: dinosaurs still exist today, but are usually called “birds”.


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