(en) Minor Victory in Australia

Shawn Ewald (shawn@wilshire.net)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 20:25:31 -0700

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------- Forwarded Message Follows------- Date: 18 Nov 1997 05:49:30 -0000 From: James Randi --- Wizard <JREFInfo@ssr.com> Subject: Minor Victory in Australia Reply-to: James Randi --- Wizard <JREFInfo@ssr.com>

Barry Williams, of the very active and effective Australian Skeptics group, has forwarded this news release, which I will share with you.....

Australian Skeptics is celebrating a tactical victory over the main creationist propaganda organization in Australia. The Queensland-based Creation Science Foundation, which has, for around twenty years, spearheaded the promotion of the anti-scientific dogma of creation "science" in Australian schools, has just announced that henceforth the organization will do business under the name "Answers in Genesis." By removing any reference to science from its title, and by adopting its new name, the group is finally acknowledging what Australian Skeptics has always maintained, that the CSF/AIG represents only a peculiarly narrow fundamentalist religious dogma, which has nothing whatever to do with science. AIG, announcing its conversion to a more honest title in its publication "Prayer News," claimed that its US offshoot, the Kentucky-based "Answers in Genesis," set up by former CSF director Ken Ham, had had success under the new name and that all of their associated "ministries" would now use this title. In what was no doubt unconscious irony, it also claimed that the new name will be "less easily confused, even unconsciously, with cultic groups like `Christian Science' and `Scientology'." Australian Skeptics, while regarding this belated change as a tactical victory, will nevertheless maintain its vigilance and opposition to any future attempts by the creationist minority, under whatever name, to seek to inject their intellectually barren dogma into school curricula. We also expect that this move will stimulate some more vigorous opposition to the creationist propaganda from Australia's mainstream religions, now that they are being directly challenged on their own turf.

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