I welcome moves by the DUP to encourage the teaching of intelligent design/Creationism in our schools. Evolutionists would claim that their theory is scientific, while creationism is a matter of faith. In fact, both theories draw upon scientific evidence and both require faith to believe.
There is, however, a darker potential consequence to teaching the theory of evolution in isolation. If we repeatedly tell people that their existence is as a result of a collision of atoms; that their life serves no purpose except that which they generate for themselves; that they are little more than an accident of birth (especially where those births were accidental!); should we be surprised then that so many people in our society suffer from low self-worth, that we are encountering an epidemic of suicide among our school-going population, and that people are striving to look and live like someone else?
Creationism, far from simply being a theory of the origin of life, teaches that each of us were planned and designed by a loving God, at the same time as he conceived rainbows and glaciers, peacocks and waterfalls. It teaches that this God has a plan for our lives, even if our parents didn't! It teaches that His love knows no bounds for us, no matter how undesirable we may feel. It has the potential to radically transform how we look at ourselves.
The only thing stopping the teaching of Creationism alongside evolution is the fear that it might catch on!
H B, Ballyward