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.