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'Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.'
H L Menken


'It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that).'
Professor Richard Dawkins


Gary Wiecek -
ignorant, stupid,
insane or wicked?

'There are Christian scientists who have ... provided convincing scientific counter evidences of the Evolutionist's position' - Gary Wiecek, Vice Principal of Emmanuel College, Gateshead


Books we have bought by Richard Dawkins:

Lying for Jesus

A Gateshead school has hired itself out to a group of creationists. The School's senior staff seem sympathetic to the peculiar views of these fundamentalists.

Emmanuel College, Gateshead is a successful City Technology College. It's an avowedly Christian school and, according to Ofstead, its Christian ethos permeates every aspect of college life.

We were suprised to learn that the College has hired itself out to a conference on creationism. The conference is being promoted by a website called Answers In Genesis, run by Australian Ken Ham, who will be one of three speakers at the College.

They don't believe in evolution...
When dinosaurs ruled the Earth your grandparents were there, according to Ken Ham. Ken believes the Earth (and, indeed, the Universe) is only 6,000 years old, that humans and dinosaurs were once contemporaries, that evolution does not occur, and that fossils are the remains of animals and plants destroyed in the Biblical Flood.

Australian Aborigines are treated to the Looking Glass logic of Ken. He deals with the Land Rights issue by falsely claiming that Australian Aborigines have been in Australia for only 4,000 years. This might be funny if Ken hadn't also called Aboriginal culture 'degenerate'.

Bizarre Defence from School Head
'attempts to reconcile evolutionary theory with the Biblical account of creation strain and distort scripture' - McQuoid
We contacted the College Principal, Nigel McQuoid about the conference. He lamely stated that the school was merely hiring out its facilities, then added : 'it is hard for either side to present FACTS which irrevocably disprove the other' .

McQuoid is saying that evolution isn't an established fact, and that young-earth creationism can't be readily disproved. This is an astonishing, ignorant and indefensible position.

Evidence for the fact of evolution is incontrovertible. Young-earth creationism is not an alternative explanation, any more than astrology is an alternative to astronomy.

McQuoid's confusion continues when he says

'Both Creation and Evolution provide ways of explaining the past that are beyond direct scientific examination and verification'
(Burn and McQuoid)

Again, this is untrue. Evolution is supported by genetics, anatomy, ecology, animal behavior, paleontology and other disciplines. Creationism is supported by precisely nothing, outside of the Bible.

and McQuoid gets it wrong again:

'Ultimately, both Creation and Evolution, are faith positions...We believe that the science teacher should provide opportunities to demonstrate this.'
(Burn and McQuoid)

... the Bible is not a Science textbook
Evolution is not a 'faith position', it is a fact, in the common meaning of the word 'fact'. And we are staggered that he seems to be calling for Science teachers to teach Creationism. For Christians, The Bible should be considered as an authority on theological matters; it is not a Science textbook.

Wrong man for the job

Nigel McQuoid
the Principal
We have been informed that McQuoid is a born-again Christian. Obviously, his personal, incredible beliefs are interfering with his judgement in this matter

Emmanuel College should not be supporting the promotion of ignorance. This example of the misuse of the school is another solid argument for the secularisation of education.

McQuoid should consider resigning if he can't reconcile his faith with his job.
If McQuoid, as a Christian, is serious when he says he does not believe that Science and Christianity can be reconciled then he has no business heading a City Technology College and should resign.

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links

Talk.Origins
The best set of links on the web about the evolution/creationist debate :

the facts

the philosophy

misconceptions

Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution , a famous essay by Theodosius Dobzhansky

'Just as we do not teach alchemy in chemistry or astrology in physics, neither should we teach creationism in biology or any science classroom'
Answers in science

Darwin's Origin of Species is online if you'd like to read the original

Emmanuel College