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Troubling news re Turkey vs Darwinism

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From Burak Bekdil at Gatestone Institute:

More recently, in July, Turkish Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz revealed that the final version of Turkey’s national school curriculum left out evolution and added the concept of “jihad,” as part of Islamic law, in the books. The new curriculum will be put into execution for first, fifth, and ninth graders beginning this year, and will extend to other classes in the 2018-2019 academic year. According to Yilmaz:

“Jihad is an element in our religion; it is in our religion… The duty of the Education Ministry is to teach every concept deservedly, in a correct way. It is also our job to correct things that are wrongly perceived, seen or taught”.

Although the Turkish government claims that “jihad” means a “spiritual inner struggle for salvation,” the official Turkish dictionary defines it as a “war fought in the name of religion”. More.

It’s hard to know who to back if the only choice is between one crazed fundamentalism and another. Backing the local boys may be safer but it is not a recipe for peace or prosperity.

Appeal to Turkish parents: Many Westerners don’t understand why Darwin supposedly had the single greatest idea anyone ever had, for the same reasons you don’t. It’s hardly obvious. Not when we look at the fallout.

But life forms do seem to have changed over time. That could be a curriculum subject worth your children exploring, especially for what we can learn about ecology on the planet we share.

We suggest: Yes, teach evolution—but cut out the nonsense

and

What the fossils told us in their own words

8 Replies to “Troubling news re Turkey vs Darwinism

  1. 1
    ichisan says:

    You Islamophobe, you! 🙂

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    polistra says:

    The simple fact is that Islam is closer to Natural Law than Christianity. Saudi is a peculiar outlier from the vast majority of Islamic countries, and ISIS is an intentional agent provocateur rigged up by CIA to make Islam look awful. It’s doing a great job of its assigned task. You shouldn’t let yourself be fooled by outliers and APs.

    You’re doing the same thing with Islam that Spadaro is doing with Catholicism.

  3. 3
    Mung says:

    …ISIS is an intentional agent provocateur rigged up by CIA to make Islam look awful

    I do love me a good conspiracy theory!

  4. 4
    EricMH says:

    Islam is closer to natural law than Protestantism, but not Catholicism. Islam is based on Catholicism and was originally considered a schismatic sect. Dante placed Muhammed in the level of schismatics in his depiction of hell.

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    EricMH says:

    Assuming, for sake of argument that ISIS is a CIA plant, that still doesn’t mean their theology is incorrect. If their theology were incorrect it’d be very hard to recruit muslims since fidelity to the Koran (i.e. submission to Allah) is their highest value.

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    J-Mac says:

    polistra,

    The simple fact is that Islam is closer to Natural Law than Christianity.

    Really? Can you elaborate on this fact?

    How do you know Christianity is not as close the natural law as Islam? Have you examined closely the 38.000 christian denomination known in the world today ?

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    EricMH says:

    The argument I’ve heard is that Christian nations allow secularism to determine their laws.

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    J-Mac says:

    @News,

    We suggest: Yes, teach evolution—but cut out the nonsense

    If you cut out the nonsense out of evolution, what is going to be left to teach? That organisms change? Even children can noticed that…

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