Dear Sir, - According to the north's 'one culture' minister Nelson McCausland, the earth was created by God over six 24 hour days sometime between the last 5,700 and 10,000 years.

In a stinging attack, one of the DUP's very own back wood's men lambasted the Ulster Museum for disproportionately promoting this notion of evolution.

Instead Nelson demands the museum to afford equal space to his concept of 'creationism' which he claims is supported by some 30 per cent of the north's population.

If that 30 per cent exist according to Nelson, who don't forget, also claims that Ulster Scots is a language and that the Orange Order is a cultural body, then perhaps the Assembly should invest in a crane to lift the big rock they've been living under for the past 200 years.

'Young Earth Creationists' which can count great thinkers like 'George W. Bush' in their ranks, dismiss Darwin's theory of Evolution, mountains of scientific fact, the discovery of tonnes of fossilised animals, plants, and dinosaurs, carbon dated millions upon millions of years back, never mind a good dose of common sense.

But hey, who ever let science, or a wee bita carbon dating get in the way of a good story.

While some in the bible belts of the USA and north Antrim, may take the word of the bible literally, when it suits them, most Christians, or anyone who has read the bible with even an incline of common sense would accept or understand that Genesis is merely attempting to describe the creation of earth to a simpler people, in a simpler time.

To interpret it any other way or take it literally in the 21st Century is too dismiss human progress and disrespect all the hard work of generations and civilisations of evolving our understanding of life, the universe and everything.

You can have three attitudes to this; - Agree with Nelson, good luck with that.

- Believe that he is entitled to his point of view irregardless of how mad it is - Highlight and oppose the craziness of such a senior figure in the north, a minister attempting to promote view through museums and schools that would be at home with Pol Pot's year zero logic.

May common sense prevail and that big rock be lifted.

Let there be light Nelson!

Yours faithfully, Chris Conwell Fermanagh Ógra Shinn Féin