From David Klinghoffer at Evolution News & Views:
Color us just a bit skeptical about news reports that Turkey will eliminate evolution from its official 9th grade curriculum. If true, though, it is of course a terrible idea.
News like this filtered through the Western media can’t necessarily be taken at face value. That having been said, the fact that evolution is both important and “controversial” is one reason we strongly favor teaching it thoroughly in high school biology classes, with due attention to objective scientific evidence and arguments for and against the theory. Critically evaluating scientific theories is what responsible scientists do, and with care and thoughtfulness, instructors can help students do the same.More.
All that the opponents of current claims about evolution have ever wanted is a fair fight.
We did not say that there shouldn’t be a fight. We want one.
From Klinghoffer at ENV:
The Turkish move – again, if it genuinely comes to that – will benefit no one other than Western atheist activists, including Richard Dawkins and his Center for Inquiry, who quickly seized on the news as red meat for their followers.
Sure. Because then they can get whatever foolishness they wish to utter grandfathered as something that “can’t be taught in Turkey.” That must be worth millions at least.