Apparently, back home there’s a little bit of a kerfuffle about calls for a creationism display in the new causeway visitor centre.
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.
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.”
I can see the point of Mr Maginnis; that sort of display may not be something that most people wouldn’t want to put front and centre in the most well known of our visitor attractions.
But please remember: the premise of the causeway being an attraction is the fairy tale that we tell to explain it. Only a couple of weeks ago, I was leading some English folk around the place telling the story of Fionn mac Cumhaill hiding in a crib to hide from a Scottish giant that he’d provoked by building a road across the North Channel, the ruse then resulting in the Scottish giant getting bloody scared off and running away tearing up the road behind him.
Where else do you think that we could better hide a story about creationism? Everybody expects fairy tales at the Causeway anyway, so a little religious nutjobbery wouldn’t be too out of place…