Sunday, February 04, 2007

Fundamentalists Challenge the Teaching of Darwin's Evolution in France

Some of you will take comfort in the fact that the United States is not the only country wherein fundamentalists are trying to get Darwin's theory of evolution out of the classroom. A Turkish author has sent around his textbook, "The Atlas of Creation," to thousands of schools in France to combat what he thinks is the innate terrorism embedded in Darwinist teaching.

The book features a photograph of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center with the caption: "Those who perpetuate terror in the world are in fact Darwinists. Darwinism is the only philosophy that values and incites conflict."

While our fundamentalists tend to be Christian, those attacking Darwin's theory of Evolution in France are Muslim, demonstrating to us, once again, the thin line separating the religious right in the U.S. and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism globally.