Northern Ireland minister calls on Ulster Museum to promote creationism
By HENRY MCDONALD - GUARDIAN.CO.UK
Updated: Thu, 27 May 2010 05:04:56 UTC
Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder – the version of events preferred by Nelson McCausland over evolution. Photograph: The Bridgeman art library/Getty
Northern Ireland's born-again Christian culture minister has called on the Ulster Museum to put on exhibits reflecting the view that the world was made by God only several thousand years ago.
Nelson McCausland, who believes that Ulster Protestants are one of the lost tribes of Israel, has written to the museum's board of trustees urging them to reflect creationist and intelligent design theories of the universe's origins.
The Democratic Unionist minister said the inclusion of anti-Darwinian theories in the museum was "a human rights issue".
McCausland defended a letter he wrote to the trustees calling for anti-evolution exhibitions at the museum. He claimed that around one third of Northern Ireland's population believed either in intelligent design or the creationist view that the universe was created about 6,000 years ago.
"I have had more letters from the public on this issue than any other issue," he said.
The minister said he wrote a "very balanced letter" to the museum because he wanted to "reflect the views of all the people in Northern Ireland in all its richness and diversity".
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