Cornerstone: Concern over School Teaching; 'Children's Beliefs under Attack'

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), September 14, 2002 | Go to article overview

Cornerstone: Concern over School Teaching; 'Children's Beliefs under Attack'


Byline: BILLY KENNEDY

LEADERS of Caleb Foundation, a fundamentalist Protestant group, have met Northern Ireland education board officers to express concerns at the way children are being taught in state schools across the Province.

Lurgan pastor and group secretary the Rev David McConaghie explained: ''The European Convention on Human Rights which is incorporated into Northern Ireland law clearly declares the right of children to be taught in accordance with the religious or philosophical opinions of their parents. Regrettably, this is not the case for pupils from an evangelical background.''

Pastor McConaghie, a member of the Northern Ireland Forum set up after the Belfast Agreement, added: ''At every point where the school curriculum currently touches upon the age of the earth, the processes that have shaped the modern world and the origins of life, the theory of an ancient universe, billion-year processes and evolutionary thinking are routinely taught as the only viable and scientifically proven explanation.

''Where history is taught, the Protestant Reformation is routinely presented as the occasion when Christianity was divided and not as the occasion when the Gospel was restored, as believed by evangelical Protestants. …

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