Dueling legislation in Scotland

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As a result of a controversy over creationist encroachments in the public schools in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and a petition to the Scottish parliament to ban the teaching of creationism as scientifically credible, there are now dueling motions about creationism in the Scottish parliament.

National Center for Science Education

Motion S4M-12148, lodged on January 23, 2015 and entitled „Crackdown against Creationism,“ „congratulates South Lanarkshire Council on taking decisive action to prevent the teaching of creationism in schools by introducing new guidance; condemns any promotion of creationism in publicly funded schools, including the reported distribution of creationist books at Kirktonholme Primary School; believes that creationism should not be presented as a scientific theory and viable alternative to the established theory of evolution, and supports the Society of Biology and the Scottish Secular Society position in opposing the teaching of creationism in the classroom.“

The „decisive action“ to which the motion refers was the adoption of what the Glasgow Herald (January 23, 2015) described as „a raft of new rules for non-denominational schools including criminal records checks for chaplains and the insistence that teachers should be present during visits by religious groups“ as well as „guidance to ensure homophobic or creationist teaching is barred.“ The new rules were adopted after it was discovered in 2013 that young-earth creationist material — books published by Apologetics Press entitled How Do You Know God is Real? and Exposing the Myth of Evolution — was distributed to students at Kirtonholme Primary School.

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