Creationism to be banished from Swedish schools

Published October 18th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

The Swedish government is to crack down on the role religion plays in independent faith schools. The new rules will include a ban on biology teachers teaching creationism or ‘intelligent design’ alongside evolution.

“Pupils must be protected from all forms of fundamentalism,” said Education Minister Jan Björklund to Dagens Nyheter.

Some Christian schools teach biology students that the world and the organisms on it were created by a supreme being. This is often presented as another valid scientific theory alongside evolution – something most scientists reject.

Religious Education will remain on the curriculum and it will still be allowed to start the school day with prayers. But in classes teachers will be expected to stick to the curriculum.

You can read the entire article here.

75 Responses to “Creationism to be banished from Swedish schools”

  1. Starbuckaneer says:

    I got it, don’t worry.

  2. ☠DutchPastaGuy☠ says:

    @Perna de Pau
    Thanks for pointing out paragraph 52 of that resolution, I hadn’t spotted that one when I quickly glanced it:
    “52. In this connection, in accordance with the principle of an open attitude to the alternative theories advocated by the scientific creationists, and in order to show the illogicality of teaching intelligent design alongside the theory of evolution, a movement has, ironically, developed in the United States. The so-called Pastafarian movement supports the theory of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Pastafarianism is a parody on religion created in response to the decision of the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design in science courses on an equal footing with the theory of evolution. According to Pastafarianism, an invisible and omniscient being called the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe in one day. The supporters of Pastafarianism are demanding the same place in the school curricula as intelligent design. Full of irony, this pseudo-religion is setting a trend and the cult is spreading.”

  3. ۞ says:

    I’ve emailed it to Bobby so he can start a new thread from it.
    That’s real recognition in the corridors of power!
    The cult is spreading!

  4. Jean Bart says:

    ☠DutchPastaGuy☠ Oct 19th, 2007 at 2:49 pm “Thanks for pointing out paragraph 52 of that resolution, I hadn’t spotted that one when I quickly glanced it”
    Unfortunately, that was just the working document. In the adopted resolution, that counts only 20 paragraphs, there’s no mention of Pastafarianism left:

  5. Wench Nikkiee says:

    “@Perna de Pau
    Thanks for pointing out paragraph 52 of that resolution”
    Brilliant!! *does a little happy dance*
    I didn’t read that far down on the working draft ……..the first 10 or so were enough satisfaction for me.

  6. ☠DutchPastaGuy☠ says:

    “Brilliant!! *does a little happy dance*”
    May I have this dance with you please? Even though it didn’t make it into the final version, it was sweet to read.

  7. Jean Bart says:

    Hmm, just went up some dozens of lines: the final resolution had already been mentioned!

  8. Admiral Chiflado ☠ says:

    Let us all rejoice with Sweden and celebrate this victory.
    Extra portions of rum, spaghetti, and köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) for the crew!

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