This is a splendid example of the insanity of creationism. In the European edition of the Financial Times, which Wikipedia says is “one of the world’s leading business news and information organisations,” we read Turkish book on Darwin sparks outrage. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A series of books for primary schoolchildren, describing Charles Darwin as a Jew with a big nose who kept the company of monkeys and other historical figures in anti-Semitic terms, has caused outrage in Turkey amid fears of rising religious intolerance.
Well, teach the controversy! The article continues:
[The incident] comes in the wake of wide-ranging education reforms pushed through this year by the country’s Islamist-rooted government, which have increased the number of religious schools in Turkey and introduced optional lessons on the Prophet Mohammed in ordinary state schools.
Such changes are hailed by the government as increasing freedom of choice in a country that for decades excluded the religiously conservative majority.
Ah yes, freedom of choice. Isn’t it wonderful? Here’s one more excerpt, and it’s not about Darwin:
A book on Albert Einstein describes the physicist as “filthy and slovenly”. Immediately after saying that he ate soap, it adds: “The sad part is during that time the Gestapo was putting Jews into ovens and making them into soap.”
We suspect that we’ve got your attention, so there’s no need for any more excerpts. Click over to the Financial Times and read the whole article. American creationists have much to learn from the Turks.
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