Darwin as a terrorist in Turkey

Lest anyone believe creationists are some US aberration — as you might think from watching too much British television, for example — have a look at this Reuters article on the phenomenon in Turkey. I actually saw a shop with these “lavishly illustrated” books just around up the street from Hagia Sofia in Istanbul last year. Signs outside proclaimed Darwin a terrorist among other things. It made me laugh and cry at the same time: the way all crippling ignorance does.

My favourite lines from the article are, first this:

Creationism is so widely accepted here that Turkey placed last in a recent survey of public acceptance of evolution in 34 countries — just behind the United States.

“Just behind the United States” — that is, the US placed almost last in a set of surveys gauging public acceptance of the very foundation of biological science. Only Turkey was less rational.

And then this:

In the early 1990s, leading U.S. creationists came to speak at several anti-evolution conferences in Turkey.

Maybe these same people will attend Mr Ahmedinejad’s upcoming conference in neighbouring Iran, which will set out a case to deny the Holocaust. Hey, if you’re going to reject reality and erase history, you might as well go all out, eh?

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