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AtheistButt's Avatar Comment 1 by AtheistButt

Bravo. A great move which should be applauded.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 03:17:18 UTC | #908409

1niceatheist's Avatar Comment 2 by 1niceatheist

This is very exciting news! Richard Dawkins is a hero and constant inspiration.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 03:25:34 UTC | #908412

xmaseveeve's Avatar Comment 3 by xmaseveeve

Well done.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 03:29:25 UTC | #908414

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 4 by Neodarwinian

More than a victory over creationists this is a victory for all the children who were to be indoctrinated with creationist crap.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 03:34:31 UTC | #908416

susanlatimer's Avatar Comment 5 by susanlatimer

What a great accomplishment. Children deserve a real education. Thank you for making every effort to ensure that they get one.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 03:36:38 UTC | #908418

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 6 by QuestioningKat

Good news for you Brits!

(Is Richard's head really that big, or did the photographer intentionally emphasize his brain?)

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:06:55 UTC | #908421

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 7 by aroundtown

Wonderful news and I hope we can get some traction on this side of the pond. Congratulations Professor Dawkins.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:09:55 UTC | #908423

Fouad Boussetta's Avatar Comment 8 by Fouad Boussetta


Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:17:31 UTC | #908425

mmurray's Avatar Comment 9 by mmurray

Oh dear some really uneducated comments attached to the original article. My favourite is

Has Mr Dawson ...

I can't decide if that is Charles Dawson or Richard Dawson.

I know I don't have to tell anyone here this but it is a tragedy that so many people don't appreciate one of humankind's greatest intellectual achievements which is the explanation of why the appearance of design does not imply the existence of a designer.


Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:18:28 UTC | #908426

Mette's Avatar Comment 10 by Mette

This is good news indeed, and hopefully it is the beginning of a new era of knowledge, and a beginning to the end of ignorance and brainwashing children.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:18:57 UTC | #908427

mmurray's Avatar Comment 11 by mmurray

Free schools, which are state-funded and run by local people or organisations, do not need to follow the national curriculum.

Whose stupid idea was this? If you have compulsory school for children up to a certain age then you have to have a legal definition of school. Otherwise you can't decide if they are going to school. Surely that necessitates some definition of what the curriculum is. Otherwise I can set up an video gaming cafe and call it a school.


Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:24:18 UTC | #908429

Quine's Avatar Comment 12 by Quine

Comment 7 by aroundtown:
Wonderful news and I hope we can get some traction on this side of the pond.

Yes, it is. However, on this side of the pond it is going to cut both ways. I expect the Religious Right, meeting in Texas this weekend, will hail it is another 'reason' that 'Godless Europe' must be resisted through our political system. On the side of actual reason, it will be seen as an indication that the religious brainwashing of children CAN be resisted by honest thinking. I hope more people find the latter more inspiring.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:30:34 UTC | #908432

Premiseless's Avatar Comment 13 by Premiseless

This is a step in the right direction. ;) I choose my 'education' carefully. Good will be the days when realisation occurs that myth education - as fact - is synonymous with smoking being recommended as good for your long term health. It is cancerous on the majority of humans psychological functioning and currently more pernicious due the concealed functioning of the human brain being an excellent smoke screen for all manner of psychological malfunction. Good will be the days when ALL education recognises this reality in how it presents belief, both to believers and those purely seeking a holistic sense of reasoning about the world we are 'in it together' to hopefully improve our common understanding of and how to help each other best preserve it for future generations to enjoy, rather than be petrified for the duration. I can vouch for that my friends! I can vouch for that!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 06:06:12 UTC | #908450

robaylesbury's Avatar Comment 14 by robaylesbury

This news already makes today a good day.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 06:09:19 UTC | #908451

prettygoodformonkeys's Avatar Comment 15 by prettygoodformonkeys

An excellent development!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 06:13:57 UTC | #908453

silentbutler's Avatar Comment 16 by silentbutler

How satisfying, Cooler heads prevail.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 06:20:34 UTC | #908455

the great teapot's Avatar Comment 17 by the great teapot

ok that's good. Now can we please stop subjecting our poor children to all that ridiculous hymn singing and mumbling of prayers in morning assembly. Evolution takes up a couple of hours in five years of education. we subject pupils to the worship crap once a week or by decree once a day.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 06:51:11 UTC | #908457

sanban's Avatar Comment 18 by sanban

Hurrah for Dawkins et al and hurrah for British schoolchildren! Now if only the gov't enforces this rule.

funding will be withdrawn for any free school that teaches what it claims are "evidence-based views or theories" that run "contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations".

Are there creationists claiming their myths are "evidence-based?" We know they are NOT scientific theories!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:07:07 UTC | #908462

TrickyDicky's Avatar Comment 19 by TrickyDicky

Comment 18 by sanban :

Are there creationists claiming their myths are "evidence-based?" We know they are NOT scientific theories!

Yes, but the "evidence" is either false or misinterpreted. It is the whole basis of "Intelligent Design".

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:11:54 UTC | #908471

DaveUK9xx's Avatar Comment 20 by DaveUK9xx

Hurrah for Professor Hawking, I mean Dawson, I mean Darcy..oh whatever the hell his name his. He's married to a Doctor Who girl anyway, how cool is that?

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:14:32 UTC | #908473

Mercy's Avatar Comment 21 by Mercy

Fantastic! I love the victorious look on his face, as well.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:16:37 UTC | #908475

DaveUK9xx's Avatar Comment 22 by DaveUK9xx

That is definitely a "you've been served biatch" face :)

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:45:03 UTC | #908482

the great teapot's Avatar Comment 23 by the great teapot

stop morning worship and i will be impressed,. How have we arrived at a state where we consider daily indoctrination acceptable.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:45:57 UTC | #908495

carlmosconi's Avatar Comment 24 by carlmosconi

A good start!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:49:48 UTC | #908497

Queen of the Pencils's Avatar Comment 25 by Queen of the Pencils

Wonderful! Things are going back to the way they were when i was a child in a British school and this imported American nonsense was a non-issue.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:56:18 UTC | #908498

The Truth, the light's Avatar Comment 26 by The Truth, the light

The level of ignorance in some of the comments on the Guardian site are pitiful.

Reminds me of the proverb:

You can lead a creationist to evidence, but you can't make him think.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:01:38 UTC | #908499

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 27 by Peter Grant

Congratulations to Professor Richard Dawkins, Sir David Attenborough and the BHA, an entire generation of British youth will be forever indebted to you. I can only hope that other countries will begin to follow your excellent example.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:29:28 UTC | #908500

Follow Peter Egan's Avatar Comment 28 by Follow Peter Egan

That's why we love ya, Dawko!

Congrats to Richard and the BHA. Some rare good news in the battle against the deluded.

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:59:00 UTC | #908506

Richie P's Avatar Comment 29 by Richie P

Good news! But we need to be on our toes, the IDiots aren't going to give up without a fight that easily!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:29:36 UTC | #908511

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 30 by Stafford Gordon

I donated a few pennies towards this campaigne, and I'm delighted that the BHS efforts have born fruit.

What a line up eh! Attenborough, Dawkins et al; get out of that!!

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:31:37 UTC | #908512