UK pop artist plays a key role in the disappearance of Nessie from fundie Christian science teaching
IN THE arsenal of a Programme of Mass Stupidification™ known a Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), one devastating weapon against Darwinism was Scotland’s beloved Nessie.
One ACE textbook that found its way into Christian schools as distant as Louisiana asks:
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.
Jonny Scaramanga, 27, a “power-drill pop artist” 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.
But something curious has happened in the madcap world of ACE.
Nessie has been axed from the science textbooks, without a word of explanation other than a brief statement from Arthur Roderick, founding director of Christian Education Europe, part of ACE, who said said:
As with any text books [the] curriculum is subject to revision and change.
Bath-based Scaramanga, the fella who first exposed Nessie’s presence in the ACE programme, said on his Leaving Fundamentalism blog:
I suppose I can chalk this up as a victory … They’ve taken out the old bullshit about Nessie and Zuiyo Maro, and replaced it with fresh bullshit about cave paintings and folk tales about fucking dragons.
Nessie’s disappearance has been met with dismay by The School of the Lion in Churcham, Gloucestershire, which teaches the ACE curriculum. A statement on its website said:
The Accelerated Christian Education textbooks used and appreciated by a number of Christian schools in the United Kingdom have recently been criticised for one small piece of information on one page in one book.
So what about the Loch Ness Monster? Well, you are going to have to find out about him somewhere else as the new ACE Science Textbook 1099 has left him out.
And it concludes:
As for a curriculum that lets our young people look at the wonderful world around them and see the hand of a designer and wonderful Creator, we’re not sure you will find a better one!