Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Atlas of Creation Arrives in Scotland

Last year the Atlas of Creation was sent to universities in France, generating interest from the Human Rights group Council of Europe. Now it has been sent to Scottish universities. According to The Sunday Herald, the tome, which can be downloaded for free on the internet, was sent, unsolicited. The story notes:

"I find it quite staggering," said Aubrey Manning, emeritus professor of natural history at the University of Edinburgh. He houses his seven copies in a cupboard in the zoology department's staff room. "Every academic I know says they've got one of those. And it's peddling an absolute, downright lie."

He said the appearance of the books and the rise of creationist voices in the UK, within both Christian and Muslim groups, didn't affect his teaching but that he was "much more worried about primary and secondary school classrooms".

This is a reasonable concern, as we have seen here in the United States. The story notes one of the paragraphs in the book concerning evolution.

Under a picture of the collapsing Twin Towers, a caption reads: "No matter what ideology they may espouse, those who perpetrate terror all over the world are, in reality, Darwinists. Darwinism is the only philosophy that places value on - and thus encourages - conflict."

I think this would come as news to your average member of Hamas or Jemaah Islamiyah.

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