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Mat Bowles ([personal profile] matgb) wrote2010-07-24 10:10 pm

Creationist 'zoo' wins UK Govt backed award

Words fail me. Remember the creationist 'zoo farm' that Debi and I wrote about a few years back?

They've won an education award , specifically a "Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge" awarded by the Government backed Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

A Government backed charity has issued an accreditation award to a science denying establishment that's been heavily criticised in the past for its animal welfare standards, and that links heavily to www.earthhistory.org.uk, a site seeking to rewrite the science to justify young-earth creationism. They seem to want to blame Darwin for Mao, Hitler and Stalin (SRSLY).

The front page of the Learning Outside the Classroom site currently says:
A new UK Government took office on 11 May. As a result the content on this site may not reflect current Government policy. All statutory guidance and legislation published on this site continues to reflect the current legal position unless indicated otherwise. To view the new Department for Education website, please go to http://www.education.gov.uk
Is dealing with this crap within Sarah's remit?

FYI: All links to earth history and the zoo farm itself have rel="nofollow" added, I avoid using that too often, but there's no way I want to give them any link credit at all.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] davegodfrey has applied actual science to some of their claims.

[identity profile] davidnm.livejournal.com 2010-07-24 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
That's awful. I can only assume that this is some sort of cock-up? Or is this a sign that the craziness is starting to cross the Atlantic? (I really, really, hope not...)
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[personal profile] ginasketch 2010-07-24 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
I refer you to Richard Fortey's quote in reference to the Creation Museum in Kentucky that says "It is interesting that the ebodiment of respectability is a museum, as if a Museum of Falsehoods were a theoretical impossibility. I look forward to the Museum of the Flat Earth, as a counterbalance to all those Oblate Spheroid enthusiasts."
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[personal profile] karohemd 2010-07-25 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
Yay for Oblate Spheroid Enthusiasts! :D
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[personal profile] ginasketch 2010-07-24 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think I've ever hated the government more than I have this week.
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[personal profile] ginasketch 2010-07-24 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
That's okay, I still have more than enough hatred for the current govt for other reasons.

Back to the topic at hand though.
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[personal profile] frith 2010-07-25 03:18 am (UTC)(link)
Can we point and snigger at the UK too now? Oops, maybe not -- we still have Stephen Harper and his band of trained monkeys running our parlement and puking all over our good name at every occasion.

BTW, what rel="nofollow"? It sounds like a neat and useful trick, but when I hover over or click the links no rel="nofollow" shows in the address bars of my (Firefox) browser.
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[personal profile] frith 2010-07-25 03:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks, I looked at the source, implementing is straightforward and the title="stuff'n'such" looks cool. What does rel mean, relation? It could help jog my memory and avoid looking at my crib notes.

I was just listening to a blurb on the radio about how the collapse of the Conservative party and the rise of the regional Bloc Qu├ębecois and Reform parties has killed national representation in Canada. We came this close to an NDP coalition government, but the Liberals chickened out. 8^(

[identity profile] maviscruet.livejournal.com 2010-07-25 09:14 am (UTC)(link)
That warning is petty standard on all goverment web sites at the momment.....

[identity profile] thapunkprincess.livejournal.com 2010-07-26 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Just down the road from me, I'm going next week! Looks better than the City Zoo, couldn't really give a fk about the creationist rubbish.