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Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Monkey Business at the Council of Europe
There is some huffing and puffing on creationist websites about the Council of Europe's resolution opposing the teaching of creationism in member nations' public schools.

I'm no fan of the Euro-bureaucracy and its expense-account-stuffed "parliamentarian" hangers-on.  What is taught in the public schools of EU member nations ought to be left to the people of those nations to decide.  However, I'd ask readers to note the following points.

—-The resolution is non-binding.  It doesn't oblige anyone to do, or not do, anything.

—-It opposes the teaching of creationism in science classes.  It has no objection to the teaching of, or at any rate teaching about, creationism in Religious Instruction classes, which are part of the public-education curriculum in some member nations (e.g. the U.K.).

—-The push for creationism in Europe is coming from the East—currently from radical Muslims in Turkey.  Fundamentalist Islam is fiercely creationist.  In debate, creationists like to stick orthodox biologists with guilt by association:  "Don't you know that Nazi eugenicists were all admirers of Darwin? etc. etc."  I always make a point of warning them that we fans of orthodox biology hold a few guilt-by-association cards too...
Posted on 10/09/2007 11:12 AM by John Derbyshire
30 Mar 2010
Send an emailDerek Gillard
My website has moved: the correct URL for my article on RE in the UK to which you refer is now: Many thanks Derek Gillard