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The dangers of creationism in education

October 12, 2007

The Council of Europe has just approved a resolution
denouncing creationism and other unhealthy intelligent design drivel and urging member states to guard themselves against like plague. The council pulls no punches and offers some stark judgments and warnings:

  • “If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights which are a key concern of the Council of Europe.
  • “However, intelligent design, presented in a more subtle way, seeks to portray its approach as scientific, and therein lies the danger.”
  • “The total rejection of science is definitely one of the most serious threats to human rights and civic rights.
  • The war on the theory of evolution and on its proponents most often originates informs of religious extremism which are closely allied to extreme right-wing political movements. The creationist movements possess real political power. The fact of the matter, and this has been exposed on several occasions, is that some advocates of strict creationism are out to replace democracy by theocracy.”
  1. The Parliamentary Assembly therefore urges the member states, and especially their education authorities:
    • to defend and promote scientific knowledge;
    • to make science more comprehensible, more attractive and closer to the realities of the contemporary world and finally
    • to promote the teaching of evolution as a fundamental scientific theory in the school curriculum.

So here we have it. At least the Europeans get it right

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