A concerned member of the public, Mr Martin Piper, has written to the Ministry of Education (MOE) after a church pastor, Mr Lawrence Khong from Faith Community Baptist Church, said in a recent video that evolution is an example of a “deception from the devil.” Here’s an excerpt of what Mr Khong said about evolution in the 2.5-minute video:
“Every day we are subjected to a worldview that is a real deception from the devil. For example, I mean the world is telling us that evolution is a fact, undisputable. It is taught in schools. But the fact of the matter is I will be exploring with you that you could hardly find any evidence of true evolution. And in fact, evolution is based on faith and not facts. In fact, if we study the different theories, we find that creation has the most evidence to show us that indeed there is a God who created us.”
MOE has since replied to Mr Piper and he has shared the correspondence with us.
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Mr Piper wrote to MOE:
In this video the pastor Lawrence Khong says evolution taught in school is the work of the devil, that it isn’t based on facts and that his creation myth has the most evidence. I think these kinds of anti-science messages are against proper fact based education and work against the economic interests of Singapore. What in the ministry doing to combat these dangerous anti-science messages and to instead promote real scientific progress?
Dear Mr Piper,
The science topics taught in our schools are selected carefully to ensure that current thinking and developments in science are covered adequately and accurately in age-appropriate ways. The teaching of science in Singapore schools aims to enable students to evaluate evidences and claims critically, and appreciate the impact of science and technology on society. This holistic development of scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes in our students will strengthen their scientific literacy, so that they are able to make informed decisions about scientific claims they may encounter in their daily life. It is with this consideration that the concept of adaptation and evolution is taught across various levels in our science curriculum.
Thank you for your interest on this issue.
Mr Piper’s reply:
Thank you for your reply. If someone demanded that “creation science” or other similar creation myths must be taught in schools, would you be able to confirm that their request would be denied?
Dear Mr Piper,
Such concepts are not in the syllabus.
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Mr Piper is probably not the first person to express such concerns. There is active movement to promote creationism in Singapore, leading to fears that creationists could push for the teaching of creationism or intelligent design in local science classes.
For example, local creationists have written letters to the press attacking evolution and promoting creationism. Talks on creationism were also held on school campuses through religious CCAs. One recent example is a creationist talk in NTU. A prominent historic church, St Andrew Cathedral, is also active in promoting creationism. The Australian-based Creation Ministries International has also been conducting regular talks on creationism in Singapore.