'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
Professor Richard Dawkins
Gary Wiecek -
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.
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
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
'Both Creation and Evolution provide ways of explaining
the past that are beyond direct scientific examination and verification'
Again, this is untrue. Evolution is
paleontology and other
disciplines. Creationism is supported by precisely nothing, outside of the Bible.
and McQuoid gets it wrong again:
(Burn and McQuoid)
'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 McQuoidWe 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.
back to top