Harun Yahya: Islam and Darwin are Compatible!

THIS COULD BE a spoof, but we don’t know if they publish spoofs in the Islamic world. The Turkish Daily News, “Turkey’s first and largest English-language daily,” has this article: Creationist Adnan Hoca’s views evolving. Here are some excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:

It is possible to be a good Muslim and a Darwinist at the same time, one of Turkey’s devoted supporters of creationism, who earlier defined Darwinism as a “deception of Satan,” said at a press conference Wednesday.

The statement may not at first sound extraordinary. However, it came from controversial cult leader Adnan Oktar, who wrote over 200 books under the pseudonym Harun Yahya to prove that Darwinism was the biggest enemy of humankind and that the theory of evolution was false.

This has to be a spoof. This guy is — has been? — one of the most flaming creationists in the universe. The article provides an example:

Oktar has appeared recently in the Western media after he succeeded in having famous scientist Richard Dawkins‘s Web site banned in Turkey by a court decision, after complaining that its atheist content was blasphemous.

Oktar said he also complained against the Web site, http://www.richarddawkins.net, for publishing insults to his personality, using his legal right as a Turkish citizen.

Perhaps he’s having a mid-life crisis of faith? Is that allowed over there? But as we continue reading the article, we see that his life has been one long series of crises:

Oktar, the leader of a devoted Muslim creationist and anti-Darwinist cult in Turkey, has always been a controversial figure.

Last May, Oktar was found guilty of creating an illegal organization for personal gain and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. He is appealing the decision. He was also taken into custody for 62 hours in 1991 by the Istanbul police on cocaine charges. He was later released and argued the incident was a conspiracy against him.

The more we think about it, the more convinced we are that this article is a spoof. It’s gotta be.

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5 responses to “Harun Yahya: Islam and Darwin are Compatible!

  1. Thanks for this. I’ll be going to Istanbul to interview the man next month, and I will certainly be asking about this.

    It doesn’t seem clear to me from the actual quotations that his position has changed so much. He simply seems willing to be forgiving about Darwinists being Muslims (he still suggests that they are deluded by Satan). Like the Catholics who oppose abortion but are willing to go to church with those open to keeping it legal.

    In Yahya’s 2003 book, Why Darwinism Is Incompatible with the Qur’an, one of the chapters is called, “Why Do Some Muslims Support the Theory of Evolution?” Repeatedly he talks about evolutionists who are Muslims, not automatically apostates. They may be wrong about this very important issue (which, among other things, is the root of all terrorism), but they are still Muslims.

    The only statements by him from the press conference the article offers are: “It is possible to be a good Muslim and a Darwinist at the same time.” “We cannot criticize that person for following the ideas of Darwin. That person may say, ‘I believe Allah created us that way.’ Following Darwin’s ideas does not excommunicate someone from Islam.”

    Typically, to call oneself a Muslim means proclaiming the Shahada, which doesn’t insist on creationism. As long as you’ve got that right, there are plenty of things one can be wrong about and still be a Muslim.

    I can’t be sure, but my guess is that the reporter got carried away with a statement that he thought was a departure from Yahya’s position, but which may in fact not be.

    Yahya’s statements that “I am open to the ideas of scientists like Dawkins” is certainly no departure from his previous position, which always claimed (like so many creationists), to have the full data of science behind him, minus the delusions of the scientists.

  2. And here are the rest of today’s headlines:

    Richard Dawkins, in a private audience with the Pope, is seeking ordination in the Roman Church.

    In Stockholm, the Nobel Committee announce that this years Physics prize is awarded to the Time Cube website.

    All aircraft are grounded around the globe as world’s skies are infested with outbreak of millions of flying pigs.

    A copy of a vanity-published anti-science screed by a pair of Freepers is sold.

  3. Nathan says:

    I’ll be going to Istanbul to interview the man next month, and I will certainly be asking about this.

    Most interesting! Please keep us advised.

  4. megalonyx says:

    A copy of a vanity-published anti-science screed by a pair of Freepers is sold.

    Of all your headlines, this one is the most improbable.

  5. Simay Haher

    “Mr Oktar didn’t supposed to found guilty of creating an illegal organization for personal gain and He didn’t supposed to taken into custody for 62 hours in 1991 by the Istanbul police on cocaine charges”
    It was understood that it was a backstage plan for Mr. Oktar and he found innocent by the court. They nolle prossed the charge and drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records because of several reasons.