Turkey will stop teaching evolution in schools, education ministry says

Turkish schoolchildren will no longer be taught about evolution, a government official has said, in another sign of the conservative direction the country is heading in under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Alpaslan Durmus, the head of curriculum for the ministry of education, said that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was “controversial” and would be removed from school programmes by 2019.

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  • Martin B

    Don’t stop with Darwin. All infidel knowledge is haram!

  • dukestreet

    Darwin wished he had never written”Origin of the Species” before he died and admitted he no longer believed in it.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      He also lost his faith after his daughter died.

      • dukestreet

        His faith was not built on Jesus Christ and the comfort & support of the Holy Spirit. That is why when he came to a very difficult situation.where his prayers weren’t answered as he wished, he abandoned it. Most people of faith work with their faith in difficult circumstances. it doesn’t mean that we don’t feel the same pain as everyone else, but, we rely on our faith to get through it.

        Considering what he wrote, I don’t imagine his faith was all that central to his life. unlike most true believers.

  • Good. Because evolution (at least the Darwinian version) is a total scam. It was the 19th Century scientific equivalent of today’s Global Warming hoax. The difference being, in the 19th Century the average citizen didn’t have access to the resources to look at the issue for themselves — they had to take the “scientist’s” word for it.

    Today is different — I can check every fact for myself that the Warming hoaxsters claim, and I can look up the actual scientific research and read the peer-reviewed literature at the touch of a keypad — it’s called the Internet. Unfortunately people in the 19th Century didn’t have that luxury. “Snake oil” was an easy sell back then.

    Good for the Turks.

    • dukestreet

      Evolution still gets taught as the unadulterated truth, in the education system. Nobody bothers to tell the students that Darwin knew it was bogus.

      • I took a course in evolutionary genetics (at a secular University) — they stopped teaching the Darwinian version decades ago, except as a historical reference.

        Reason being, Darwin believed that species literally “adapted” by actually adjusting somatically (physiological changes) to the environment. Modern genetics blew that theory out of the water since the mid-1900’s. But Natural History Museums didn’t seem to get the memo. The only strictly scientific evolutionary event they can actually observe and reproduce in the laboratory is on the “micro-evolutionary” or sub-species level — e.g. changes within a species, not from one entirely new species to another.

        And the changes are so minute, even over the very long reproductive cycles they tested, that it’s even a stretch to call them a new sub-species. For example, they were able to demonstrate minute changes in certain species of fruit flies — almost insignificant such as slight changes in coloration etc. In other words the fruit flies didn’t evolve into bald eagles.

        • Shebel

          Do you think that Humans evolved—or we just were?

          • I think G_d was in the mix somewhere. And I think the best evidence for it is the fact that humans can even reflect on the possibility of a “Creator” in the first place. The animal world doesn’t struggle with these philosophical questions, so why would humans if we are simply another animal species?

            It certainly doesn’t make sense that evolution would “select” for the ability to wonder about our own origins.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          The theory of evolution as it was taught when I was a kid was too simple.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          People don’t know or don’t want to know that the first men of science, those of Darwin’s era, were Christians who believed that science would bring them closer to God.
          The evolution versus creation argument is wrong on both sides.
          It was exploited by atheistic snobs to divide people.
          You can believe in God and evolution.
          They are not incompatible with each other.
          Faith tells us what we don’t know.
          Science tells us what we think we know.
          I don’t know why that is so fucking hard for people to understand.
          I have Faith and Reason.
          God gave me the capacity for both.

          • I’m somewhere close to your position. I don’t see evolution as a “threat” to my faith either. I just don’t find a heck of a lot of evidence for monkeys evolving into men — about the same amount of evidence for fruit flies evolving into bald eagles. Whatever the case, faith and the spirit world exist on a completely different plane from material science, hence there was no contradiction in the first place. The Spirit simply exists in a different dimension, unreachable through natural perception on the space/time continuum in which we normally function.

  • Clausewitz

    The Dark Ages coincided with the growth of Islam into the European continent. It’s happening again. Seems Santayana was right.

  • Shebel

    I would also if my ancestors had their cocks dangling over their eyes.