Turkish Textbook Says Darwin Was Jewish

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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16 responses to “Turkish Textbook Says Darwin Was Jewish

  1. Gabriel Hanna

    The sad part is during that time the Gestapo was putting Jews into ovens and making them into soap.

    Literally, it was the sad part. But I don’t think that’s what they meant.

  2. Gabriel Hanna says: “But I don’t think that’s what they meant.”

    No. They meant that while people were struggling to make soap, Einstein was eating it.

  3. Alex Shuffell

    If Islam gets it’s way and the blasphemy laws get put into action does that mean they have to stop with their anti-semitism?

  4. If Islam gets it’s way and the blasphemy laws get put into action does that mean they have to stop with their anti-semitism?

    That’s exactly correct, Alex.

    Furthermore, these blasphemy laws are the only thing preventing Islamic women from voting, driving cars and getting a university education.

    Furthermore, enacting blasphemy laws will usher a new era of scientific exploration and advances in engineering and medicine, a disarming of the region, signing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and the Koyoto Agreement, ending human trafficking and the production and transport of drugs.

    Furthermore, enacting blasphemy laws is the only thing standing in the way of creating full parliamentary democracies and constitutional republics throughout the Islamic world, completely dissolving outdated monarchies, kingdoms, fiefdoms and warlord feudal rule.

  5. Somewhere, Ataturk is flipping in his grave.

  6. Charley Horse

    A reminder….ICR and other creationist orgs in the USA have
    collaborated with the radical Islamist Turks for many years.
    Turkey is on the verge of becoming completely radicalized. The
    same will happen in this country as the christian fundies gain more
    and more influence in all levels of government. There is little difference,
    if any, in radical Xianity and radical Islam.

    According to this:
    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/07/16/evolution-skips-egypt/
    8 percent of Egyptians accepted evolution as “true or probably true,” with more than 50 percent saying it could not possibly be true

    Under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamist government in Ankara, rejection of evolution has become state policy, with Turkish censors blocking discussion of Darwin on the internet. Saudi Arabia’s 12th grade textbook dismisses evolution by noting:

    Nevertheless in the West appeared what is called “the theory of evolution” which was derived by the Englishman Charles Darwin, who denied Allah’s creation of humanity, saying that all living things and humans are from a single origin. We do not need to pursue such a theory because we have in the Book of Allah the final say regarding the origin of life, that all living things are Allah’s creation.

  7. Pete Moulton

    I love the part about Darwin’s ‘Jewishness’! That’s a damned curious thing to say about someone who actually took his degree in divinity, on the way (or so he expected) to a comfortable life as an Anglican country parson.

  8. Dear Charley Horse:

    Your muscle cramp has progressed to your brain. A little honesty in your comments would be a good start.

  9. dasmithjones, if you have a point to make, then make it. Skip the insults.

  10. hagiocephalic

    Darwinism is ‘variation within species’..
    Darwin’s observations are not related to one species morphing into other species FWIW..

    When opposing “Darwinism”, you are invariably wrong if you refer to his LITERAL observations, otherwise only one breed/phenotype of dog would exist, instead of everything from a Chihuahua to a Bull Mastiff, that all descend from the same wolf bloodline.
    If you attempt to claim that its “Darwinism” to assert humans and apes are the same bloodline (we know with modern DNA science they do not even share the same # Chromosomes at the core genetics level) you are also wrong since no such proof is observable or noted by Darwin.

    The problem with terms like “Evolution” and “Darwinism” is that too many people with their own agenda run off with their own sales-pitch that those who accept/refute said ‘pitch’ don’t have the core understanding or competency to actually base that acceptance/refutation on any real foundation, sound or otherwise.

  11. Goodbye, hagiocephalic.

  12. Jim Thomerson

    The blackstripe topminnow has 2n = 40 chromosomes. The blackspotted topminnow has 2n = 48. They produce fertile hybrids, and DNA studies recognize them as sister species. Knowing that, I was not partiularly concerned about humans having 46, and chimps 48 chromosomes. I understand that the genes on the extra pair of chimp chromosome have been found, here and there, on human chromosomes. Fusion of chromosomes or parts of chromosomes is fairly common, and that is what has gone on with the topminnows mentioned above.

  13. @jim thomerson

    You’re absolutely right. Its now about how many chromosomes you have but what’s on them.

  14. Outside of the very real problem of suicide bombers and other violent acts, if these countries insist on uneducating (no mistype here), we win in the long run. Those who embrace reason and science have the upper hand, period. Let them wallow in ignorance.

  15. Charley Horse is (almost) right, Dasmithjones wrong.

    Charley Horse: A reminder….ICR and other creationist orgs in the USA have collaborated with the radical Islamist Turks for many years.

    Turkey is on the verge of becoming completely radicalized. The
    same will happen in this country as the christian fundies gain more
    and more influence in all levels of government.

    Dasmithjones: Your muscle cramp has progressed to your brain. A little honesty in your comments would be a good start.

    The ICR no longer works with Muslims as far as I know, but they used to. I wrote a lot about it.

    Here’s my blog post about the ICR’s collaboration with Turkish extremist sex cult creationists.

  16. Thomerson-
    “The blackstripe topminnow has 2n = 40 chromosomes. The blackspotted topminnow has 2n = 48. They produce fertile hybrids, and DNA studies recognize them as sister species.”

    They are both putative members of genus Fundulus, but they are not producing “fertile hybrid offspring” as you assert, with differing chromosome counts. They have the means to biologically subvert the normal rules of Mendellian inheritance which is also why selected this species that you are clinging with all your evidentiary hopes onto-
    a putative topminnow sub-species that had its DNA workup done in 1978 and that has not been confirmed in any other such study, which all share the same Chromosome count beyond the one old-tech study prior to modern sequencing techniques.
    Even modern labs with the latest sequencing chips give false results in testing, which is a lot more likely than this one topminnow phenotype in one small river stretch having a incompatible chromosome count that every other topminnow in the rest of the world.

    “The term hybridogenesis was coined by R. J. Schultz and indicates a reproductional mode which is found in a few animal groups (e.g. the topminnow Poeciliopsis, a small fish in desert streams in Mexico and Soutwestern USA; water frogs; Bacillus, stick insects in Italy). This mode marks hybrids between two parental species (A,B) who are able to reproduce by backcrossing one of the parent. These hybrid normally contain two chromosome sets (AB, one from each parent species) in their body cells, but in the gonads (ovar or testicles) the chromosome set of one parent is lost, so that only one set remains (A or B), with A in their gonads, hybrids can backcross with B and vice versa.”