Private Christian schools following the fundamentalist curriculum Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program are teaching children that the Loch Ness Monster exists as a way to disprove evolution.
One ACE textbook – Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc – reads: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
Basically if Noah’s Flood happened as they claim, some dinosaurs could have survived, the Loch Ness Monster being one of them. I imagine a whole host of Fortean beasts could also help them support their anti-evolution curriculum.
” (The Loch Ness Monster is) evidence that evolution couldn’t have happened. The reason for that is they’re saying if Noah’s flood only happened 4000 years ago, which they believe literally happened, then possibly a sea monster survived.
If it was millions of years ago then that would be ridiculous. That’s their logic. It’s a common thing among creationists to believe in sea monsters.”
Jonny Scaramanga – went through the ACE programme as a child, but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism