Nobel winners fight the teaching of creationism

Three Nobel-winning British scientists have added their support to a campaign to ban the teaching of creationism in Scottish schools.

Sir Harold Kroto, Sir Richard Roberts and Sir John Sulston have signed an online petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for teachers to receive guidance on the issue.

The Scottish Secular Society is leading the campaign, urging Holyrood to stop state schools presenting “separate creation and Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the established science of evolution, common descent and time”.

It started the petition in the wake of news last year that members of the West Mains Church of Christ, a US-based pro-creationist sect, had been employed for eight years as classroom assistants at Kirktonholme Primary in East Kilbride. They had given pupils books purporting to rubbish evolution.

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