Faith Schools Petition Race

Posted in Janine's blog on Mon, 18/06/2007 - 17:08,

Take a look at the second and third petitions on this page of the Downing Street petitions site.

The first wants the Prime Minister to "continue the support for faith schools and to ensure that in all schools the teaching of traditional ‘faith’ views of origins is included alongside the more recent scientific ‘theories’ which many scientists ‘believe'", and goes on to argue that "Evolution and other scientific theories should not be taught as fact but instead along side other ‘faith’ views of origins."

The second, by contrast, wants the PM to "Abolish all faith schools and prohibit the teaching of creationism and other religious mythology in all UK schools", clarifying that "Creationism and other religious myths should not be taught as fact regardless of the funding status of a school."

So, a straightforward argument between the superstitious and the rational. Sadly, the superstitious is winning by 18,589 votes to 15,110 (plus one when my signature goes up). Help reason regain some lost ground by signing the petition. You can go straight to it here.

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