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Call for creationism exhibit at Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

A Christian group has said it wants the creationist theory reflected at the planned Giant's Causeway Visitors Centre.

The Caleb Foundation said it wanted equal prominence for its religious viewpoint.

Last month, it emerged that the Culture Minister Nelson McCausland had written to museum officials arguing for greater prominence for creationism.

An SDLP MLA said such an exhibition at the Causeway would be "inappropriate".

The chairman of the Caleb Foundation, Wallace Thompson, has met the tourism minister Arlene Foster to discuss its request.

"All we are asking for is that the views that we hold, which are based on the Word of God, are at least respected and taken on board," he said.

"A Christian politician in a position of power can make a difference."

SDLP MLA Alban Maginnis said he was opposed to a creationist representation at the new facility.

"You are talking about a visitors' centre which will attract people from all over the world," he said.

"It will be dealing with the natural sciences in relation to the Giant's Causeway.

"I do not think it would be appropriate in these circumstances to have a very narrow religious view expressed."

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