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The news value here isn't that 4 out of 5 Britons repudiate creationism. It's that 1 in 5 peopole living in the UK today can be described as creationist, considering the speed and the extent to which the UK (at least on the surface), appears to have jetisonned most of its Christian beliefs/cultural assumptions and attitudes.

The real story is that in a country where considerable efforts are expended to try to minimize the influence of religion in the public sphere or to exclude religion from the public sphere and where, if we believed much of the media's slant on things (this article is a good example of this), religion is the preserve of a small and dwindling minority, there is still a majority of people in every single area polled (except Eastern England), who believe that God or some other 'higher being' is responsible for the creation of the world.

Even in the supposedly 'Godless' East of England, more people (47%) believe in creationism, evolution being part of God's plan, or intelligent design, than believe that evolution does away with the need for God (44%).



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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 11:32:18 AM EST
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Lovecraftian School Board Member Wants Madness Added To Curriculum | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

ARKHAM, MA--Arguing that students should return to the fundamentals taught in the Pnakotic Manuscripts and the Necronomicon in order to develop the skills they need to be driven to the very edge of sanity, Arkham school board member Charles West continued to advance his pro-madness agenda at the district's monthly meeting Tuesday.

"Fools!" said West, his clenched fist striking the lectern before him. "We must prepare today's youth for a world whose terrors are etched upon ancient clay tablets recounting the fever-dreams of the other gods--not fill their heads with such trivia as math and English. Our graduates need to know about those who lie beneath the earth, waiting until the stars align so they can return to their rightful place as our masters and wage war against the Elder Things and the shoggoths!"

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 03:10:52 PM EST
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