Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Around the World
South African deputy Science and Technology minister, Derek Hanekom, said at the Opening the Sasol SciFest 2007 science festival, that some teachers in his country are refusing to teach the concept of evolution despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that supports it.
In France, warning signals have gone off after Turkish Islamic creationist, Harun Yahya, made a mass mailing of free copies of his "Atlas of Creation" to schools across the nation. This caused concern in the scientific community:
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexy II, has blasted the teaching of evolution in state schools as "unacceptable and there is the attempt by evangelicals in Kenya to hide away its national treasure consisting of its collection of hominid fossils. Even the highly secular, low in belief British have had their recent contretemps with its version of the Discovery Institute, Truth in Science, which also sent out unsolicited materials to schools.Herve Le Guyader, a University of Paris biology professor who advised the Education Ministry on the Atlas, said high school biology teachers needed more training now to respond to the increasingly open challenges to the theory of evolution.
"It's often taught in a simplistic way," he said. "We have to give them the philosophical arguments they need to respond."
I guess it comes with the torn jeans and DVDs.
Indeed: as Ronald L. Numbers writes in the new edition of The Creationists, "Antievolutionism had become a global phenomenon, as readily exportable as hip-hop and blue jeans" (Numbers 2006: 399).