Creationism to be banned from Swedish schools reports UK Press 15th October 2007 as Swedish government cracks down on religion 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.

“End-of-term services in school are great,” he said, and added that religious education would remain a school subject. But all elements of religious worship would have to be completely separate from class teaching. Most independent schools in Sweden are privately owned but funded by government grants. Björklund also said the Swedish National Agency for Education would double the number of inspections of both council-run and independent schools. He also announced a ban on anonymous financial donations to schools and said he would make it easier to close schools that were breaking the rules. The stricter rules will be introduced in next year’s education act.

Editorial Comment: Government grants are a real problem these days, so don’t fall for the trick that it’s their money. They took it from you in the first place – so tell them what to do with it. Our experience is that most democratic governments don’t mind who or what you worship provided it has nothing to do with the real world, past ,present or future. The problem, all democratic, socialist or dictatorial governments eventually find with Christianity, is that Christianity depends on the facts, so when a government has swallowed the lie of evolution as the truth, then they must label the truth of creation as a lie. Are you willing to pay the price of continuing the truth in such a system – as the west increasingly becomes evolutionary?

Evidence News 31 Oct 2007