Monday, September 22, 2008

Where There is no Separation...

Sometimes there is something to be said for how our founding fathers set things up. The Guardian reports from Turkey where:

A Turkish court has banned internet users from viewing the official Richard Dawkins website after a Muslim creationist claimed its contents were defamatory and blasphemous. Adnan Oktar, who writes under the pen name of Harun Yahya, complained that Dawkins, a fierce critic of creationism and intelligent design, had insulted him in comments made on forums and blogs. According to Oktar's office, Istanbul's second criminal court of peace banned the site earlier this month on the grounds that it "violated" Oktar's personality.

I am not sure how such comments would have violated his "personality." Does he not walk, talk and smile with it? Oktar (who goes by the pen name of Harun Yahya), if you will recall, was the brainchild behind the Atlas of Creation, the 750 page tome that magically began to show up on the doorsteps of schools as far away as Scotland. In a lot of ways, this is no different than the tactics of the creationists in this country. When they can't produce the science, they try other routes.

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