Loch Ness monster proves Darwin wrong
ACCELERATED Christian Education (ACE) is, as its name suggests, a programme aimed at the stupidification of children from evangelical backgrounds. It has been around for around four decades, having been cooked up by Class A idiots in Texas in the 1970s.
This is what ACE says about Nessie:
Some scientists speculate that Noah took small or baby dinosaurs on the Ark … are dinosaurs still alive today? With some recent photographs and testimonies of those who claimed to have seen one, 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.
This bullshit is being dished up in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin’s theory of evolution.
As we reported here, thousands of children in the southern state will receive publicly-funded vouchers for the next school year to attend private schools that follow fundamentalist curricula.
Critics have damned the content of the course books, calling them “bizarre” and accusing them of promoting radical religious and political ideologies.
The textbooks in the series are alleged to teach young earth creationism; are hostile towards other religions and other sectors of Christianity, including Roman Catholicism; and present a biased version of history that is often factually incorrect.
Jonny Scaramanga, 27, who went through the ACE programme as a child, but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism, said the Nessie claim was presented as:
Evidence that evolution couldn’t have happened … It’s a common thing among creationists to believe in sea monsters.
Private religious schools, including the Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana, which follows the ACE curriculum, have already been cleared to receive the state voucher money transferred from public school funding, thanks to a bill pushed through by state Governor Bobby Jindal.
Boston-based researcher and writer Bruce Wilson, who specialises in the American political religious right, compares the curriculum to Islamic fundamentalist teaching.
They are being brought up to believe that they’re at war with secular society. The only valid government would be a Christian fundamentalist government. Obviously some comparisons could be made to Islamic Fundamentalists in schools. One of these texts from Bob Jones University Press claims that dinosaurs were fire-breathing dragons. It has little to do with science as we currently understand. It’s more like medieval scholasticism.
Now before you go shaking your head sorrowfully, and mutter “only in America”, consider this: In 2009 the Times Educational Supplement reported that exams for an Evangelical Christian curriculum, in which pupils are taught that the Loch Ness monster disproves evolution and that racial segregation is beneficial, have been ruled equivalent to international A- levels by the National Recognition Information Centre (Naric), which guides universities and employers on the validity of different qualifications
Naric decided that the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) is officially comparable to qualifications offered by the Cambridge International exam board.
Hundreds of teenagers at around 50 private Christian schools in Britain study for the certificates, as well as several home-educated students.
Scaramanga, a music lecturer who attended an ACE school in Bath as a child, said he was astonished the courses were judged comparable to international A-levels and O-levels.
In a complaint to Naric, he provided examples of the material taught on the courses, including the “Nessie” claim. He also pointed out that ACE teaches that:
Apartheid was beneficial to South Africa; reasons include the claim that segregated schools “made it possible for each group to maintain and pass on their culture and heritage to their children.
Scaramanga was quoted in the TES report as saying:
Those who challenge the explanations given in the materials are described as ‘godless’, ‘anti-biblical’, and ‘foolish’. There needs to be greater public awareness of what these schools tell students.
Daniel Govender, managing director of Christian Education Europe, which is part of ACE, said the organisation would not comment to the press on what is contained in the texts.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn