UK bans teaching creationism as science in publicly funded schools
The U.K. government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all publicly funded schools and academies. According to the new funding agreement, there would be a "requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum." That means creationism can be taught, but as an evidence based theory instead of fact. Creationism is the view that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago. Officials say teachers must clearly note that creationism is not a "valid alternative to scientific theory." This new requirement is being heralded as a secular triumph, but there is some opposition from those who believe in creationism. The U.K. government responded saying that the belief is a minority view, even within the Church of England and Catholic Church. According to a recent Gallup poll, 42% of Americans believe in the creationist view of human origins. However, the percentage who say God was not involved is rising.