By now you’ve heard the news from Turkey. There’s a write-up on it by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE): Evolution nixed in Turkey. They say:
“Darwin’s theory of evolution has been excluded from the most recent draft of Turkey’s new national curriculum,” reports the Hurriyet Daily News (June 22, 2017). … A representative of the Education Ministry was quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News as describing evolution and the origin of life as both too difficult for ninth-grade students and as “controversial.”
We didn’t blog about it because it’s not surprising that a country in that part of the world opposes evolution. But there seems to be some concern at the Discovery Institute. This just popped up at their creationist blog: Evolution Out of the Curriculum? If So, a Bad Idea from Turkey.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A creationist outfit thinks banning evolution is a “bad idea”? They wouldn’t lie to us, would they?
The post was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Color us just a bit skeptical about news reports that Turkey will eliminate evolution from its official 9th grade curriculum. If true, though, it is of course a terrible idea.
Perhaps we’re too cynical, but what creationist thinks banning evolution is “a terrible idea”? They dream of achieving the power to do exactly that. It’s not very different from what Tennessee tried to do, which resulted in the Scopes Trial. So why isn’t Klinghoffer cheering for Turkey?
Let’s not forget, the Discoveroids realize that we have separation of church and state in the US, so they’re compelled to be stealth creationists who pretend that their Oogity Boogity is a “theory” that should be in the schools along with evolution. They can’t cheer for Turkey because they fear it would reveal their true motives.
After a big excerpt from a news story, Klinghoffer says:
News like this filtered through the Western media can’t necessarily be taken at face value. That having been said, the fact that evolution is both important and “controversial” is one reason we strongly favor teaching it thoroughly [Hee hee!] in high school biology classes, with due attention to objective scientific evidence and arguments for and against the theory. [Hee hee!] Critically evaluating scientific theories is what responsible scientists do, and with care and thoughtfulness, instructors can help students do the same.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The Discoveroids are so reasonable! After that he tells us:
If Turkey’s motivation is religious, on the other hand, as the news suggests, then concealing evolution is also very ill advised. The move to hide the idea from high school students smacks of a cover up that raises questions about the ability of one’s faith to stand up to challenges.
Rubbish! It’s not about how persuasive the religion is. It’s all about power — which creationists crave. Klinghoffer finishes his rambling post with this:
The Turkish move – again, if it genuinely comes to that – will benefit no one other than Western atheist activists, including Richard Dawkins and his Center for Inquiry, who quickly seized on the news as red meat for their followers.
What did he say? What was he trying to say? If you can figure it out, dear reader, let us know.
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