Israel’s Education Minister Fires Creationist Avital

It’s been a few months since we reported on a major creationism controversy in Israel. Our last post on this topic was Creationism in Israel: It’s Getting Farcical. The next indented paragraph provides background information, which most of you can skip:

Israel’s Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar appointed Dr. Gavriel Avital to be the ministry’s chief scientist. Avital has been reported as saying that he dismisses Darwin’s theory of evolution because it leaves God out, and that he will “scrutinize textbooks” to make sure that students are not exposed exclusively to “the opinion that man evolved from the ape.” He also denies that the Earth is growing warmer because of carbon dioxide emissions. Since the news broke about Avital’s opinions there have been several calls for his dismissal.

Now we learn about Avital’s fate in Israel Today, which describes itself as “a Jerusalem-based news agency providing a biblical and objective perspective on local news.” At their website we read Israeli educator fired after pushing creationism. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Dr. Gabi Avital, the chief scientist of Israel’s Education Ministry, was fired on Monday after reiterating his position that evolution is just a theory, and that it should be taught alongside creationism as the two most widely held beliefs regarding how our world originated.

We’ve been expecting this. Let’s read on:

Speaking to Israel National News a day after being fired, Avital insisted the education of Israel’s young people is incomplete because it does not take into account the “numerous studies that refute the science of evolution” and show that a human being is not just a “substance without a soul.”

Hard core! We continue:

Being a scientist who also believes strongly in the Bible, Avital was regularly attacked by the liberal Israeli media from the moment he was hired by the Education Ministry.

Israel Today, apparently knowing nothing about science, is blaming it all on the liberals. Here’s one last excerpt:

Avital noted the ludicrous message that his firing sends – that a chief scientist, a recognized expert, cannot and should not be heard if his findings and views oppose those of the established mainstream.

He’s been Expelled! We never suspected that Darwin’s evil grasp reached as far as Israel. Where’s Ben Stein? Where’s the Discovery Institute? We predict that we’ll be hearing from the Discoveroids before long.

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3 responses to “Israel’s Education Minister Fires Creationist Avital

  1. We are so good at persecution.

    You wouldn’t think that a state that pays a bunch of useless religious people to “study” the Torah and what-not would do the bidding of the vast atheist conspiracy. But wow.

    I just want to know why I was kept out of the loop. I should have been told who was going to be persecuted and when. They’d better not go burning any IDists without at least giving me time and location.

  2. Avital noted the ludicrous message that his firing sends – that a chief scientist, a recognized expert, cannot and should not be heard if his findings and views oppose those of the established mainstream.

    You were fired from your job as education minister, you dope. As a scientist you are still free to apply for grants and do research. Funny though, how few creationists actually do so.

  3. As predicted, the Discoveroids are complaining: Academic Freedom Under Fire — Again! It’s not worth a whole post. Here’s one little excerpt:

    All Dr. Avital wanted to do was expose students to some of the weaknesses inherent in Darwin’s theory. Surely there’s no harm in that — or so one would think. But, of course, to the Darwinian faithful, such weaknesses apparently do not exist.