The petition, to be heard on November 11, calls for official guidance to be issued in schools barring the presentation of creationist and Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the science of evolution.This is more the David Klinghoffer arm of the ID argument, than the Stephen Meyer arm—and it tends not to carry as much traction because it specifically relies on the morality argument, which carries no weight in the science classroom. This argument seems to regard science as some sort of "truth," to be compared to religious truth and it is nothing of the sort.
It has been backed by three Nobel-winning British scientists - Sir Harold Kroto, Sir Richard Roberts and Sir John Sulston.
Alastair Noble, director of C4ID, said his organisation believed the petition was based on imposing a "particular world view".
He acknowledged the idea of teaching "for and against" evolution would be controversial, but claimed it was consistent with scientific method.
But Paul Braterman, an honorary senior research fellow in chemistry at Glasgow University and committee member of the British Centre for Science Education (BCSE), a campaign to keep religion out of science classes, said C4ID was using "tired" arguments that were "merely a stalking horse for creationism".
Spencer Fildes, chairman of the Scottish Secular Society, said its concerns were about protecting science. "If you are in religious and moral education, then by all means you can philosophise about this," he said. "Students and children are welcome to discuss it, as long as it is contextual.
"Unfortunately, this does not happen, hence the reason why we have raised the petition."
Monday, November 03, 2014
Meanwhile, In Scotland...
On November 11, a hearing will take place in Glasgow to air a petition that will call for official guidelines that would bar teaching of creationism and ID in Scottish schools. A local organization, C4ID (Centre for Intelligent Design) has responded to this petition. The Scotland Herald writes: