Liberian health authorities are confident about the government’s ability to fight the latest outbreak of Ebola that has claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy this week. However, health workers are calling for improvement of working conditions and provision of incentives. Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Francis N. Kateh, says health practitioners here are trustworthy and capable of combating any Ebola virus outbreak in the country.The confirmation of the Ebola death of the 17 year-old boy in Margibi County reversed Liberia’s Ebola transmission-free status some seven weeks after the country was officially certificated by the World Health Organization (WHO).But as Dr. Kateh was boasting of his Ministry’s preparedness, level of experience and training of Liberian health workers, two more new confirmed Ebola cases were reported in the same Nendonwein area where the boy died. The first outbreak of Ebola claimed the lives of over 4,000 people in Liberia including scores of health workers. This time, Dr. Kateh believes things are not going to be the same, because there are presently trained manpower who have the capacity and experience to handle infectious disease outbreaks, including the Ebola virus.“We want to encourage the public to speak out and report any suspected case to health workers within their various communities to avoid further outbreak. We want to also encourage community dwellers to keep sick people away from others, bury all dead bodies safely, and remain very vigilant as health workers strive to contain the situation in Margibi County,” the Chief Medical Officer cautioned.The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease last year exposed the weaknesses in Liberia’s health care system, which had very little supplies of gloves and no Personal Protective Equipment as well as just a few ambulances to begin with.Many are not sure how prepared health workers are now to face this new Ebola outbreak, in the wake of mounting protests by former ETU workers for unpaid risk benefits during the last outbreak. Some say they are prepared training-wise but motivation is another question.Nurse Alice Beyan is confident that Liberian health workers have good training and experience in containing the new Ebola outbreak.“There were lessons learned from the last outbreak and as such, health practitioners are fully prepared for future outbreak of epidemic and other diseases. Since the first outbreak, Ministry of Health and its partners have been able to train health workers in Infection and Prevention Control (IPC),” Nurse Beyan said.She citied the building of triages at various health centers across the country and said they would help in monitoring patients entering those health facilities for treatment.“The government has supplied health centers with Personal Preventive Equipment (PPE) as a means of preparing health workers ahead of any outbreak. But more need to be done in building responsive and vibrant health centers that will respond to diseases,” the local health worker told our Reporters from her clinic in Dolo Town.Although she is optimistic, Nurse Beyan thinks more incentives and better benefits need to be given Liberian health workers, in addition to training of more nurses. She also spoke of the need to improve the surveillance system through community-based programs.Like the Health Ministry authorities, the Ms. Beyan wants citizens to have confidence in their health practitioners, amidst the latest Ebola outbreak.“Liberians need to build confidence in the country’s health workers by reporting sick people and dead ones. If the new outbreak must be contained, it will require the involvement of the various communities.”Another health worker, Madam Irene G. Sherman, Officer-In-Charge of Soniwein Health Center in central Monrovia, also supports the view that health workers, government and its partners have the experience and capacity to combat the virus.However, Madam Sherman regretted that motivation and incentives are lacking.“We observed that the government is not providing motivation for health workers, because many of them leave Liberia to seek medical treatment in other countries rather than focus on building the capacity of health workers and facilities to ensure that health practitioners perform well,” the Soniwein Health Center official added.“For years now, there has been a shortage of doctors, nurses and other trained health workers. The deaths of many of them during the first Ebola crisis has even further worsened the problem. Poor pay and conditions of service have led to flight of local health workers, while others have opted out of the profession.“We usually struggle as health workers to get to work, even at the point that health workers are not being assisted by the Health Ministry’s vehicles when they are wearing clothes that identify them as health workers. They forget to know that these are the people making them to use big cars,” Nurse Irene Sherman said.But whenever they are pressed to comment on the plight of Liberia’s health workers, health authorities and the government have pointed to an ambitious blueprint in the post Ebola recovery plan expected to be heavily funded by the international community.Many Liberians are crossing their fingers and hoping that health workers along with the Health Ministry and partners would work harder in order to ensure that this latest outbreak does not spread.Dr. Kateh has said health workers have been dormant since then and, as such, need refresher training to ensure that they are steadfast in handling the situation.Note: This story was produced out of a week-long media training workshop organized by the Liberian Women Media Action (LIWOMAC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
IDAHOT 2018Veteran Trade Unionist, Lincoln Lewis, on Wednesday said fundamental rights and freedoms are of paramount importance and ought not to be trifled with, adding that marginalised groups need to continue being vocal while intensifying their efforts to ensure the structural deficiencies are corrected.Veteran Trade Unionist Lincoln Lewis“As an organised demographic, where you are not only citizens but workers and voters, you’re urged to intensify the use of your power to ensure the structural deficiencies in society are corrected. Those who seek your vote must know support is contingent on moving to eliminate systems that militate against you,” Lewis said, while addressing a gathering at the Canadian High Commission’s reception to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).This year IDAHOT is observed under the theme “Alliances for solidarity.”Lewis said history is the testament to suffering of marginalised groups and it is a struggle that must not be viewed with disdain.“Your right to exist, participate as equal members of society and to be so treated is equally important as others. Respect for the heterosexual orientation of one must too ensure respect for the diverse orientation of others. I don’t have to like your orientation nor you mine in order to respect each other consistent with protected human rights and freedoms,” he noted.“And this brings me to the issue of laws in our statute books that criminalise conduct which today has been decriminalised among consenting adults consistent with universally acceptable tenets. Evidently, you are aware of the clauses in the Criminal Offences Acts which run contrary to safeguarding your constitutional rights. These laws were instituted by the British colonial authority. Britain has since excised them from their statues yet Guyana holds on and justifies their existence. Over the years, I have observed voices raised in condemnation and highlighting their archaic nature. Your voice must not be still or grow weary until modernity is attained,” Lewis added.The trade unionist said progressive societies are moving forward and Guyana must get in line and proceed and urged the LGBT community to not give up the fight.Meanwhile, Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chattergee committed her Government’s support to ensure that everyone has access to equal rights.She noted that through international assistance, Canada supports the advancement of LGBTQ2 human rights. This, she noted, includes providing training to LGBTQ2 human rights defenders and working with local grassroots community organisations.“We understand that countries are at different stages of acceptance and engagement on this issue. However, we should never forget that the human rights of all persons are universal and indivisible, and these include the human rights of LGBTQ2 persons,” the diplomatic stated.In addition, she believes that all countries should commit to decriminalise same-sex conduct; combat violence and discrimination that target LGBTQ2 persons; and support the work of grassroots LGBTQ2 organisations.Despite repeated calls for the decriminalisation of the anti-buggery laws, the Government is adamant that it would have to go to the people in a referendum.
“Markets in the southern region remained largely unchanged from the previous year mainly due to a poorly performing labour market,” says President Gisela Janzen. “Overall B.C. northern appears to be most resilient in this post recession period when compared to the rest of the province.” In total, 4,891 properties were sold in northern B.C. in 2013, valued at $1.2 billion. That’s up from 4,696 sales the year before worth $1.08 billion. Fort St. John property sales continued to grow, with 854 properties changing hands last year, worth $289 million, compared to 825 worth $264.3 million in 2012. Along with that, the average cost for a single family residential property in this city has risen again over both 2011 and 2012, at $373,648. The average cost at the end of 2012 was 357,846. – Advertisement -However, the trend didn’t stick in Fort Nelson, where the average house price went down to $316,880 from $322,002 at the end of 2012, but is still up over 2011 prices. 88 properties were sold in 2013, worth $22.9 million, which is also down from 101 properties worth $29.2 million in the previous year. In addition, half of the 31 single family homes sold last year went for less than $290,000. There are currently 410 properties available in Fort St. John and 79 in Fort Nelson, as of December 31, 2013.Advertisement
0Shares0000Will he stay or go? Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez © AFP / Adrian DENNISSYDNEY, Australia, Jul 11 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Tuesday insisted unsettled striker Alexis Sanchez is going nowhere, saying he expected him honour his contract and potentially sign an extension.The Chilean, 28, has a year left on his Gunners deal but is yet to sign a new contract and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Reports in Britain have said he could be offloaded for up to 80 million pounds (US$103 million, 90 million euros), but Wenger suggested this won’t happen.“The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want,” he said in Sydney about the striker.Asked if he remained determined to keep Sanchez and not let him go to a Premier League rival, Wenger replied: “Yes, that is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season. That’s what we will do.“He adds great value to the squad and I think as well he is a great lover of the club.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger arrives for a press conference in Sydney on July 11 ahead of two pre-season football friendlies © AFP / WILLIAM WESTSanchez, who at times last season cut a disgruntled figure as Arsenal struggled with form and uncertainty over Wenger’s future, is not on the team’s pre-season tour to Australia as he rests after last month’s Confederation’s Cup.But Wenger said reports that the Chilean ace had informed him that he wanted to leave the club were not true, replying with a curt “No”.He added: “I think the easiest way to manage a player is in the final year of his contract. It is in his interest to do as well as he can.“Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be on his final year of his contract next season, because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.“So it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.”Arsenal play two pre-season friendlies in Sydney this week, against Sydney FC on Thursday and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Shanghai SIPG’s Brazilian doctor Eduardo Santos has been dubbed a “miracle worker” but his methods have also been questioned © AFP / Johannes EISELESHANGHAI, China, Mar 30 – It was the 2015 Champions League and Paris Saint-Germain’s chances took a hit even before their daunting quarter-final against Barcelona with the news that central defender David Luiz faced several weeks out.The Brazilian international looked sure to miss both legs against the eventual European champions with a serious hamstring tear. Luiz contacted his fellow Brazilian Eduardo Santos, then employed by Zenit St. Petersburg, and flew off to Russia in a desperate bid to keep his Champions League hopes alive.With Santos’s medical intervention, Luiz stunned observers by recovering in just a few days to play 69 minutes as a substitute in the first leg and the whole second leg.PSG were beaten 5-1 on aggregate, but Santos was dubbed “miracle doctor” in French media.Santos, 38, now head of the medical department at Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League (CSL), blushes at the nickname.But it helped forge his reputation among many of the world’s top footballers as the go-to man for getting back to fitness in rapid time — and keeping them there.A list of some of the stars to have sought his help would make a very decent five-a-side team: Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes; Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala with Luiz in defence; Mousa Demeble of Tottenham in midfield; Radamel Falcao of Monaco in attack.– Fixing Hulk –“What we do is not a miracle,” Santos told AFP at the training ground of SIPG, who broke the Asian transfer record last year to buy attacking midfielder Oscar for 60 million euros from Chelsea and also boast another Brazilian star, the formidable forward Hulk.“I do science, and of course the results that I have are really, really good. Normally in football, most of the injuries happen in the hamstring muscle. But at SIPG, we don’t have these kinds of injuries.”SIPG had a noticeable lack of injuries last season in coming second in the CSL under Andre Villas-Boas, since replaced by another Portuguese coach, Vitor Pereira.“We give a coach a very good headache because he can choose whoever he wants to play, there’s no injuries,” Santos said.Yet Santos’s spectacular results have left some fellow professionals in doubt.“I’m a scientist and base my work on what has been published,” the French doctor Jean-Pierre de Mondenard told France Football magazine.“If he (Santos) wants to remove any doubt, he has to stop all the mystery because when there’s mystery, there’s suspicion.”Santos, who was with Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands before moving to Zenit and then SIPG in September 2016, laughs off attempts to glean more details about what makes him so successful.But he said good communication between the coaching and medical teams is critical.He described how they stopped the bulldozer-like Hulk getting injured.Hulk, Santos and former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Villas-Boas were at Zenit at the time. All three would later move to SIPG.“At that time Hulk was getting a lot of injuries, a lot of problems,” Santos said.“When you look at Hulk, you think, ‘Wow, he’s a very strong player.’“But he has weak muscles, his hamstrings were very poor, he doesn’t have any kind of power in his hamstrings.“He had a lot of power in his quadriceps (front of the thighs), but in the hamstrings — zero.“So we started balancing his muscles because we made a personal evaluation of him, we found the problem, we made the programme of rehabilitation and preventive work.“And from there? No problems anymore.”– Adopting Chinese methods –David Luiz is one of the stars to have been treated by Eduardo Santos © AFP / Johannes EISELESantos said he left Zenit in 2016 after SIPG stumped up one million euros for him, in what was effectively a transfer much like when a player switches clubs.Prising Santos away for that kind of money is testament to his reputation, and Chinese football’s growing financial clout.Santos — who can treat players from other sides if called upon — has a medical team of eight at SIPG and wanted all his staff to be Chinese, partly because he was eager to learn new expertise from them.He is a convert to the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine, particularly acupuncture.“In my programme of rehabilitation I mix the Western way with the things that we use here in Asia because of course I cannot come here to China and ask the Chinese players that are used to being treated with Chinese medicine since they are really young to just, ‘Come on, forget what you do.’“I don’t like that.”Santos says he has resisted offers to work for major European clubs because he has freedom at “open-minded” SIPG.And he said that at some big European teams, not enough importance is given to the medical side.“For me, it’s very, very strange. They need to invest money in the medical team, not just buy the best machines in the world, they need to invest in the humans that are working there.“And have a coach that listens to them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
It may be at the top of Donegal but the Malin Hotel is fast becoming a top choice for couples tying the knot.The hotel is hosting their Wedding Fayre tonight Thursday 10th November from 5pm till 9pm. It will be a night not to be missed with lots of fantastic suppliers in attendance to provide advice and guidance for your Special Day.These include: Direct Dresses, Elite Bridal Wear, Neil Doherty Jewellers, Elaine Noone Jewellers, The Party Shop, Vixen Hairdressing, Mary Lafferty Wedding Cakes, Shunie Crampsey, The Cavanagh Brothers, The Lee Roy Brown Band, The Hitmen, Jason Hughes, Carmel Flowers, Heaven Scent, Classic Cut, Ursula’s Beauty, Foyle Press, The Memory Factory, The Old Lane Studio Photography, HQ Video, Fairview Video, 1st Choice Limos, Gerard McGirr Wedding Cars, Peter McClean Wedding Cars, Twinkletoes Dance Floors, Banquet Chair Covers by Sharon and Chocolate Fountain on display by Claire Graham and many more.And if you haven’t picked the setting for your wedding, why not give the Malin Hotel your consideration.Situated in the quaint, yet elegant village of Malin on the tip of the breathtaking Inishowen Peninsula, the Malin Hotel provides you with the perfect wedding venue. The hotel prides itself on a dedicated team of staff who will ensure that your wedding day creates unique memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life.They will help to guide you through every important detail of your special day.Sample the quality award winning food, take in the views of the beautiful Malin Village Green and Trawbreaga Bay from your bedroom window and take away many treasured memories. Amazing Deals on selected dates throughout 2012 and 2013*For more details or to book an appointment please contact Madeleine McLaughlin on (00353) 7493 70606 or at email@example.comDON’T SAY ‘I DO’ UNTIL YOU’VE VISITED THE MALIN HOTEL WEDDING FAYRE was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Massimiliano Allegri and Paul Pogba Manchester United today confirmed, after weeks of speculation, that Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will undergo a medical with his former club.Juve were in London at the time of the Red Devils’ official statement, playing West Ham United in the official opening of the Olympic Stadium.Speaking after his side’s 3-2 win over the Hammers, the Serie A outfit’s manager Massimiliano Allegri said: “I spoke about Pogba the day before. We have just finished a match and I don’t know much more.“We will see tomorrow (Monday) if he is still a Juventus player.”Allegri, on Saturday, refused to be drawn into conversation over the future of Pogba, insisting the France international would return to training.He said: “There’s no point in discussing replacements for Pogba because right now he’s a Juventus player.”It’s been widely reported that the 23-year-old will overtake Gareth Bale this summer to become the world’s most expensive player, sealing a return to Old Trafford. 1
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Manchester United News The Portuguese manager may allow Scott McTominay to go and gain more experience elsewhere Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested boost Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND 1 Manchester United are reportedly considering loaning out young midfielder Scott McTominay in January.Jose Mourinho previously rejected all advances from Championship clubs Leeds and Aston Villa in the summer, as he was insistent on keeping hold of the 21-year-old for his first team squad. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED REVEALED gameday cracker Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets FAREWELL deals silverware However now, according to The Sun, the Red Devils are on the verge of changing their mind about McTominay.It’s been a tough start to the season for the Scotsman amid turmoil at Old Trafford.United currently sit eighth in the Premier League table and are already out of the Carabao Cup having endured very mixed results at the beginning of their campaign.McTominay has been far from his best form personally and even to play forced out of position as a defender at times. RANKED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder An ‘Old Trafford source’ is quoted by the Sun as saying: “Scott is wanted by a number of clubs and there are offers on the table already.“The club are not totally against the idea of him going. There was a lot of interest in him in the summer.“Jose is a big fan of his despite what might be perceived with his comments about his confidence being knocked.“He still has a future here but the thought is more football could help toughen him up and get him away from the spotlight.”Leeds and Aston Villa are likely to lead the chase for McTominay once more should he become available.
An €8.96m funding package has been announced for the Riverine Project in Lifford and Strabane. The project is set to create thirty acres of new cross-border community park space and infrastructure, designed to help bring people together.The funding sanctioned will allow the cross-border project to encompass a number of unique elements all designed to encourage greater levels of positive cross-community contact. A newly constructed pedestrian footbridge across the River Foyle will be built as part of the project, with cross-border pathways and greenways also being installed to accommodate leisure and recreation activities.The allocation will also see a pavilion building built for various cultural and heritage events, an outdoor wetland and park space for recreation and environmental education activities, and a family fun space comprising of a toddler and junior adventure play area.Representing the Lead Partner Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council said: “This is an iconic project with the potential to create a unique and transformational cross-border shared space that will see communities in Lifford, Strabane and the wider hinterlands coming together to deliver a project that will not only capture their imagination and inspire action but will act as a symbol of peace and reconciliation for generations to come.“The Riverine project is a multifaceted development and will deliver a unique blend of shared indoor and outdoor space linked by a cross-border pedestrian and cycle bridge enhancing the physical connection between these border communities. “Leading the delivery of this iconic project, that has the potential to transform and profoundly impact the lives of the people living in these border communities, demonstrates the Councils commitment to driving forward the shared vision for prosperous, healthy and inclusive communities.”Cllr Gary Doherty said on Wednesday the project could be “potentially the best news the towns have had in a generation.”He said: “This project is a massive endorsement of the hard work and commitment of community groups in the wider Lifford and Strabane areas.“They actively engaged with both Councils to ensure that the evidence was there to show that this new facility would be used by the community to foster enhanced links and relationships across the border.”Almost €9m funding granted for cross-border Riverine Project was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Church of England official feels the Church should apologize to Charles Darwin for having been too slow to accept his ideas in the 19th century. The statement, to be posted on a website promoting Darwin’s views, reads:Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of ‘faith seeking understanding’ and hope that makes some amends.According to The Telegraph, the statement was written by Malcolm Brown, the church’s director of mission and public affairs. He believes the church repeated the mistakes of the Catholic church in their treatment of Galileo. Brown’s statement also considers “anti-evolutionary fervour” an “indictment” on the church. Regis Nicoll on Breakpoint exclaimed, “An apology to a dead man by a dead church about a theory that is dead wrong. Astounding!” Lord Ickenham, “someone who has had an ongoing struggle with the Anglican Communion his entire adult life, and to whom the current, obvious, and slow-motion destruction of the entire historical Anglican Church brings no joy,” wrote some thoughts on what is going on in a blog post at Uncommon Descent. Meanwhile, the Royal Society is up in arms over finding out its education director, Professor Michael Reiss, allegedly suggested that creationism could be discussed in science classes if students bring up the subject, reported The Guardian. The interview that started the ruckus can also be found at The Guardian, where he labeled creationism (including intelligent design) a “non-scientific way of seeing the world.” Even though he overtly denied that creationism had scientific merit, apparently his policy on politely reasoning with students instead of ridiculing them was too mild for some. Next day, the BBC News reported that Reiss stepped down from his position as director of education under pressure from the Royal Society – despite the fact that he felt his opinion had been misinterpreted. What he meant, the article said, is that “his experience had led him to believe it was more effective to include discussion about creationism alongside scientific theories such as the Big Bang and evolution – rather than simply giving the impression that such children were wrong.” The Royal Society itself believes that if a student brings up the subject, the teacher should be free “to explain why evolution is a sound scientific theory and why creationism is not, in any way, scientific,” so their reaction appeared hypocritical to some. The BBC quoted a professor of science and society at Imperial College who feels the Royal Society diminished itself by pressuring Reiss to step down. “This individual was arguing that we should engage with and address public misconceptions about science – something that the Royal Society should applaud.” An even sterner editorial on First Post said the Royal Society has become the Rotten Society. Robert Matthews accused the Royal Society’s intemperate purge of an Anglican society (who is no creationist) as a madrassa-like intolerance. “Fundamentalism is spreading across science,” he said, “with zealots ready to attack anyone who dares question the accepted teaching – be it the unquestionable importance of animal experiments or the unimpeachable evidence for dramatic global warming.” The most detailed account of the controversy was published by Nature News. Reiss’s critics seem to admit that he was well qualified for the job and never advocated teaching creationism in science class. The Royal Society was initially supportive but then pressured him out when an angry letter from three Nobel laureates called for his resignation. Even atheist Richard Dawkins, who believes his religious ties disqualified Reiss from a leadership position, lamented the action, saying “to call for his resignation on those grounds comes a little too close to a witch-hunt for my squeamish taste.” Creationism survives in England despite the hostility of evolutionists in the scientific societies. In fact, Reiss said in the audio recording for The Guardian that the number of creationists coming into UK science classrooms is on the rise. Julian Joyce published an article in the BBC News entitled, “Who are the British creationists?” The article centered on the Genesis Expo, a creationist museum in Portsmouth, but also mentioned the row over Michael Reiss’s statement and the Anglican Church apology.Oh, puke. Such obsequious prostrations to the Bearded Buddha like Brown’s apology only encourage the proliferation of dogmatism like that of the Rotten Society wigheads. If you have connections to the UK Anglican church this is reason enough to get out. We must point out that the apology is the opinion of one church official, not necessarily all of them, and does not necessarily represent the views of the rank and file in the dying, diminishing UK churches. Many Anglican churches around the world operate independently of the British hierarchy. Still, where is the outcry from other leaders and from the membership? The silence is deafening. It’s a default acquiescence to Brown’s views. The Royal Society, founded largely by Puritans, has devolved into an arm of the modern Darwinist totalitarianism, in which even mentioning the C word creationist is grounds for expulsion. Reiss is no creationist but had the audacity to suggest it might be good policy to sentence teachers to less than the usual punishment for crimethink. He apparently failed to remember the policy: creationists are not even worth the expenditure of their contempt (05/12/2008, bullet 5). Aren’t you proud of the leaders of science these days. If their intolerance can even make Dawkins squeamish (hinting that he still feels a debt somewhere to Christian virtues like fairness), you know things are rotten. It’s time to clean house and send in the reformers. How about Sarah Palin? How did it come to this? Answer: amnesia and ingrown reinforcement of lies. They’ve got their history all wrong. Galileo was not a victim of faith vs science (see biography) – and especially not Darwin. In Victorian England, the Anglicans jumped onto the Darwin bandwagon wholeheartedly. In fact, they had jumped onto the evolutionary bandwagon when Robert Chambers published his evolutionary myth Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation in 1845. Darwin biographer Janet Browne noted the “remarkable flexibility of the Anglican church when faced with evolutionary issues” by pointing to Anglican theologian Charles Kingsley, who endorsed Darwin’s theory within the pages of The Origin itself (Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, p. 96; see more on Kingsley at CMI). In addition, the Archbishop of Canterbury was defending writers like Darwin who were attacking the foundations of church doctrine. After Darwin’s death, the Church of England welcomed his body into Westminster Abbey. Except for a few conservative theologians like Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, the main Anglican critics of Darwin’s theory were the scientists, like Sedgwick and Owen, who understood the danger of attributing God’s hand to blind, undirected process of chance (see article at CMI). And they’ve got their science all wrong. Darwin subverted science by dismantling the requirements of evidence and opening the door to storytellers (12/22/2003 commentary) and empowering his fellow secularists to usurp the Academy and expel any opportunity for scientific criticism of his views (05/12/2008). And they’ve got their theology all wrong. Darwin could not have employed reason, nor argued for the truth of propositions and the values of honest investigation, without plagiarizing Christian theological presuppositions that give meaning to these concepts. Had he been consistent with his own presuppositions, he would have grunted nonsense to get meaningless sex at the mercy of his animal past. If the Anglicans really had faith seeking understanding, they would rewrite the statement as follows: “Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you and the world an apology for accepting your views uncritically and failing to foresee the damage that accrued to our church, culture, society, politics, law, education, philosophy, theology and general well-being of the millions of individuals your damnable doctrines relegated to the category of the unfit. Though too late to help the 148 million people killed by state-sponsored democide under regimes inspired by your false and pretentious claims (11/30/2005), we try to practice the old virtues of ‘speaking the truth in love’ and so hope that by raising awareness of the deadly power of lies we can make some amends.” Leaders of other churches without hobbles and blinders on might do well to make this their official proclamation before the scientific societies parade their Emperor Charles in new clothes next year (02/11/2008).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0