Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rehashing of old news?

Has anyone noticed  how stories from several years ago on religion and Muslims are getting rehashed as new news these days?  For instance, check out the news item below which I saw a few hours ago and had a nagging feeling that I had read something similar months ago.  A quick search told me that I had indeed read about this more than 2 years ago.
Has the MSM now been given full approval by the powers-that-be to report on certain issues without fear of reprisal?  Is this the reason why they are now pulling out stuff that was buried under the carpet under previous "politically correct" suicidal regulations?

Ian Dunt writing at PoliticsUK:  today
....Secular triumph as government bans  creationism from free schools and academies......
Creationism cannot be taught as a valid scientific theory in any free school or academy, the government has said.

The move, which came in a little noticed document last week, marks a significant victory for secular campaigners, who have long fought to ensure the freedom granted to free schools and academies does not allow religious ideas to be taught in science classes.

New clauses for church academies published on June 9th clarify the meaning of creationism and state that it is a minority view within the Church of England and Catholic church.

It then adds: "The requirement on every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school."............

Stephen Adams writing at the Telegraph ...May 20, 2011
...Creationism 'banned from free schools'
Creationism, intelligent design and other theories that contradict evolution are to be banned from being taught as science in free schools.

Critics have warned that evangelical groups will be able to teach such ideas without interference, as free schools will not have to follow the national curriculum.
But now the Department for Children, Education and Schools has issued guidance explicitly stating that teaching such theories as science will not be allowed.
The "minimum requirements" guidance, published earlier this week, reads: "Creationism, intelligent design and similar ideas must not be taught as valid scientific theories."
The guidance is to help those assessing applications for free schools.
More than 300 groups have already applied to set up free schools, including one by the Everyday Champions Church in Newark, Notts., which wants to include creationism as part of the national curriculum.

A DfE spokesman said on Friday that Mr Gove "will not accept any academy or free school proposal which plans to teach creationism in the science curriculum or as an alternative to accepted scientific theories".
The spokesman said such ideas could be legitimately discussed as beliefs in religious education classes, but not taught as science.........

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