Betrayal of Trust : The National Trust promotes Young Earth Creationism

I’ve not been blogging much recently, as I’ve been rather busy with this – I just wanted to let you know that the campaign to remove a creationist display from the Giant’s Causeway Interpretive Centre is ongoing, and want to keep it in the public eye to shame the National Trust into removing it. A review of the current situation is available here on our group. We’d appreciate your support!

The National Trust are currently in a state of review (and some would say, denial) of the offending exhibit. Meanwhile, they have abdicated their responsibility as a public educator by allowing it to remain in place. The exhibit states “Young Earth Creationists believe that the earth was created some 6000 years ago” and “This debate continues today for some people, who have an understanding of the formation of the earth which is different from that of current mainstream science”. There is no ‘mainstream’ science and ‘fringe’ science, only science and non-science (or ‘nonsense’ for short).

Not only is this a stain on the National Trust’s reputation as a public educator, but it is an embarrassment to Northern Irish citizens and most Christians (the tract states this viewpoint is Biblically derived).

Details of the offending exhibit are on our ‘About’ page, including an audio recording that amounts to an advertisement for Young Earth Creationism, the only religious view to be represented in the facility. The National Trust still seem to think our complaint extends to the historical discussions, which is not so – the history of science always has a place.

What we do not accept is that the display is appropriate, representative, or possibly legal, under terms laid down in the Belfast Agreement. We are not attacking religion either; some of our most vocal group members are Christians, putting the lie to our opponents’ argument that this is a matter of science v religion. It is not. It is a matter of reality v fantasy.

This is a full review of the matter so far – feel free to join the group and add your voice to those asking the National Trust to explain themselves:

8 thoughts on “Betrayal of Trust : The National Trust promotes Young Earth Creationism

  1. admin Post author

    It looks like you have to bite the bullet and sign up to at least view activity there. I will endeavour to reproduce the important bits here, that aren’t already linked above.

  2. admin Post author

    The ‘About’ page states:

    “This group has been formed in reaction to the news that a creationist display is situated in the new Giant’s Causeway Centre:

    It is this group’s opinion that such displays should not be portrayed as anything more than a myth, alongside the folklore of Finn McCool, and have no place in this showpiece facility as a factual explanation for the formation of a World Heritage site.

    Our membership features a broad range of faiths, and none, all of them agreed that creationism has no place as an alternative to science.

    The offending audio exhibit transcript is as follows (Audio is available here: )

    “Like many natural phenomena around the world, the Giant’s Causeway has raised questions and prompted debate about how it was formed.

    This debate has ebbed and flowed since the discovery of the Causeway to science and, historically, the Causeway became part of a global debate about how the earth’s rocks were formed.
    This debate continues today for some people, who have an understanding of the formation of the earth which is different from that of current mainstream science.

    Young Earth Creationists believe that the earth was created some 6000 years ago. This is based on a specific interpretation of the Bible and in particular the account of creation in the book of Genesis.
    Some people around the world, and specifically here in Northern Ireland, share this perspective.

    Young Earth Creationists continue to debate questions about the age of the earth. As we have seen from the past, and understand today, perhaps the Giant’s Causeway will continue to prompt awe and wonder, and arouse debate and challenging questions for as long as visitors come to see it.”

    – thanks to Caroline Sykes.

    Further transcripts available here, including the ‘historical’ arguments, which this group has no problem with:

  3. Simon Willcocks

    I’ve just noticed, the front page no longer seems to have the “Most Popular” item on the right hand side; it used to be below “Archives”, if I recall correctly.

    I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the change has removed the Giant’s Causeway posts from the front page…

  4. admin Post author

    I’m getting the impression that the National Trust are giving up on even a pretense of listening and just stonewalling us completely now. We are considering a protest currently.

  5. Simon Willcocks

    I’m wondering, should I rejoin the NT for a year, if only to cast a vote at the AGM? I think it’s in November, but I won’t be in the country then; is there a proxy option?

  6. Simon Willcocks

    The Royal Society has provided online access to its journals until November 29th.

    This one stands out:

    “A Letter on the Alterations That Have Taken Place in the Structure of Rocks, on the Surface of the Basaltic Country in the Counties of Derry and Antrim”
    William Richardson
    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 1808 98, 187-222
    doi: 10.1098/rstl.1808.0015

    I can’t see any argument there for a young Earth.

    You’ve got to love a web search where you can limit hits to those documents from before 1666!

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