Debate in America leads to biased reporting in the UK

Anyone who says that the creation v evolution debate has no place in the science classroom has obviously miscalculated public interest. The debate between two scientists, Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) and Bill Nye (The Planetary Society) on 4th February 2014 was watched by over 5 million people in 190 countries worldwide (see debate here). The following morning the debate was trending number one on You-tube, Facebook and Twitter. What a missed opportunity to deny school children a share in that debate in their science lessons and have just the atheistic/ humanistic viewpoint presented to them!This tragedy is perpetuated by biased viewpoints in national newspapers such as Pete Etchells’ article in The Guardian on 5th February (see in which he suggests such a debate should not even take place. In his opinion, he states that creationism is not science but a religious belief and should not be taught in the science classroom. He argues that Professor Stuart Burgess, mentioned in the debate as a scientist and creationist, is on the council of reference for Truth in Science. This is correct. However, he then goes on to make the same mistake made in Wikipedia, that Truth in Science is affiliated with the Discovery Institute in the USA. Truth in Science is NOT affiliated with the Discovery Institute, but is an organisation that focuses purely on science and lets the scientific evidence speak for itself. Is Pete Etchells suggesting eminent scientists like Dr Burgess cannot be heard because he holds to a viewpoint different from his own? With so much evidence for design in the natural world, and with more than 800 scientists with PhDs dissenting from Darwinism (see, isn’t it time that rational thinking people heard more of the debate that simply won’t go away?