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Dawkins: Faith schools should teach RE in line with curriculum

Dawkins: Faith schools should teach RE in line with curriculum

Atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins has called for Ofsted to force faith schools to teach religious education (RE) in line with the national curriculum, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Speaking in an interview with the Times, Professor Dawkins claims that it is time for the regulator to stop schools forcing religious beliefs on their students. Indeed, the outspoken scientist argues that the subject should be taught in a "comparative way according to a national curriculum, not indoctrination".

The newspaper reported him as telling the Times: "Faith schools should not be allowed to opt out of religious education. Yet they are given this free pass to do religious education in their own way, which is not inspected by Ofsted."

Meanwhile, speaking to the Jewish Chronicle earlier this year, prime minister David Cameron revealed his plans to open more faith-based schools in the country. The Tory party leader highlighted the importance of the schools in the education system, claiming that they helped to keep standards high by promoting a positive ethos and culture.

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posted by John Wheeler on 19-08-2010

What annoys me about people like Dawkins is that if you look at the science that we all have available there is much more evidence for creation and evolution. We have all been taught over the years that evolution was a fact and anybody who disagrees with this is rather stupid, but when you take the time to ask” if this world is millions of years old and if we have evolved from Apes, where is the evidence in the fossil record. Answer there is none, it points to a worldwide flood where all the fossils are on the same level of the earth`s stratum. This is just one area of science, there are many more that back up creation.


posted by Andrew Holland on 20-08-2010

Richard Dawkins is a highly intelligent man who has taken on the lie of atheism, and preaches it with all the energy he can muster. And he always has the ear of the media. Unfortunately for him, his arguments are not based on real science, but on the assumption that there is no god, and we are the result of random mutations. Looking at the wonder of our universe, from the microscopic detail to the vast expanse of space, it is impossible to say that there is no intelligence behind all this. I call upon Mr Dawkins to examine the facts, repent of his pride, ask forgiveness from a holy God, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He would then be enlightened!


posted by Bill M. on 20-08-2010

Wow, John Wheeler! Your opinions are actually an example of the indoctrination that Dawkins is talking about, especially your comment about the flood and fossils. The evidence against a worldwide flood is unquestionable. With respect, a flood scenario is only believed by individuals who have been indoctrinated to believe it.


posted by Alan B on 20-08-2010

@John Wheeler Firstly, we did not evolve from apes. We are apes. We and other apes share a common ancestor. Secondly, there is mountains of evidence of this in the fossil record. Have you ever been to the Natural History Museum? Luckily we don't need to rely on fossil evidence alone. There is now a wealth of molecular evidence to back up the fact of evolution.


posted by Jane Butler on 20-08-2010

I think that both Bill and Alan have been indoctrinated by the lies that both the education system has been pushing and some TV documentaries. I am not a Christian, but it is pure rubbish that we are Apes. You have only got to look at the scientific web sites and they openly admit that there are missing gaps in the evolutionary theory. Breeders have intelligently selected and manipulated micro-evolution to produce a multitude of animal breeds and plant varieties. But never has a breeder produced a new species. A Chihuahua and a Great Dane look very different and cannot mate naturally, but both are still dogs. Visit a museum and the evolution section will display example after example of micro-evolution (changes within one species) while wrongly suggesting such changes are macro-evolution (changing one species into another species). Falsely insisting that if a large amount of micro-evolution occurs it will eventually result in macro-evolution.


posted by dave on 21-08-2010

Comment: I'm gobsmacked at how ignorant people are on evolution. Every person ive seen argue against it simply does not understand it, and it's so simple. The reason you cannot see evolution is because it takes such a long time to happen. Literally every serious scientist accepts evolution, it is a scientific fact like the theory of gravity. It is backed up by fossil records, biology, geology, biology etc and proven. The only scientists you will find ,who do not accept it are religious people whose minds have been wrecked or are just not being honest. What gets me is in the recent dawkins program where he spoke to a science teacher at a faith school she could not answer the most basic question about evolution, she literally didn't understand it. Evolution is one of the most important theories in science and this teacher should have been sacked.


posted by Peter on 21-08-2010

In answer to Dave`s comments about the only people who believe in Creation have to be religious nuts are without foundation as I am not religious but the problem I have with Evolution is that you have to have more faith than being a Christian. It is like saying that a hurricane can go through a scrap yard and make a jumbo jet. Lets break his argument down: "The reason you cannot see evolution is because it takes such a long time to happen" Well this is such a stupid argument and one that is trotted out all the time and has no relevance because if it was happening, we would see signs of this over thousands of years not Millions. "Literally every serious scientist accepts evolution; it is a scientific fact like the theory of gravity. It is backed up by fossil records, biology, geology, biology etc and proven". Again this is not true that every serious Scientist believes in creation as many of them who were indoctrinated by the education system have moved over to the creation theory. Evolution is not a fact and as we all have the same science; it depends on how you look at the available information. There is just as much to back up creation in the fossil records, biology, geology etc and I agree with Jane who said that Scientist falsely insisting that if a large amount of micro-evolution occurs it will eventually result in macro-evolution. This has not been proved. People like Dave are themselves as fanatical in their onions as religious people and can`t see any other view.


posted by John on 25-08-2010

What I find so hipercrytical of Dawkins etal, is there double standards. Faith schools are bad, ( because they teach children christianity? ) yet most state schools are teaching athism, they certainly don't teach how to be christian. Yet where is Dawkins & co's outrage that they're not giving children from nonfaith back grounds the chance to learn about faith. How are children to make informed decisions if they are not taught? John


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