Beware of creeping (and creepy) Creationism.
I happened to come across an article on Creationism in the Leicester Mercury by chance as I was doing some Internet research.
By coincidence, I then received an e-mail from the author of the web site:
…asking if we would help publicize it. Please note, this is not to be confused with the Centre for Intelligent Design, which should be avoided unless you want to wind yourself up by reading a load of creationist garbage masquerading as the appalling pseudo-science of Intelligent Design (ID).
IDists are quick to explain that Creationism and ID are not the same thing, but this is disingenuous to say the very least as ID is little more than the PR face of Creationism to try to gloss over the religious core.
This is a cunning ruse as there are increasing reports of ID advocates infiltrating schools to offer an ‘alternative scientific view to evolution’. This would be laughable as a serious idea, but unfortunately it’s actually happening and it seems that not only are some schools inviting this, but don’t actually see it as an issue.
It is a serious issue because the real purpose of Creationism, whether or not it’s dressed up as ID, is religious proselytizing and recruiting new converts. We have enough problems with faith schools and religious education being a requirement in all schools as it is without the creationists trying to infiltrate any school that will have them.
Here are two petitions against teaching Creationism in schools you might like to consider: