Great. It's bad enough we have creationists screwing up our kids' minds here in the U.S. Now they're going global:
Europeans have long viewed the conflict between evolutionists and creationists as primarily an American phenomenon, but it has recently jumped the Atlantic Ocean with skirmishes in Italy, Germany, Poland and, notably, Britain, where Darwin was born and where he published his 1859 classic.
The money quote is this one:
"Evolution is a lie, and it's being taught in schools as fact, and it's leading our kids in the wrong direction," said [cabbie James] McLean, chatting outside the chapel. "But now people like Ken Ham are tearing evolution to pieces."
Heh. Heh heh. Hahaha! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Ken Ham couldn't tear a wet kleenex to pieces. At least, not without lying about it first. Ham is the leader of Answers in Genesis, an organization for whom the Ninth Commandment, apparently, is optional. I was just perusing their site, and it's incredible how many errors they make about science, some of which strain the brain to assume they aren't intentional... but that's for a later post.
Anyway, the news in Europe isn't all bad:
Darwin's defenders are fighting back. In October, the 47-nation Council of Europe, a human rights watchdog, condemned all attempts to bring creationism into Europe's schools.
2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Darwin writing The Origin of Species, and there will be lots of celebrations and other festivities. I wouldn't be surprised if the groups like the Disco 'tute, AiG and others plan some sort of counter-thrust against it. Well, they have that right, just as I have the right to call 'em like I see 'em. And if I see the threat in Europe becoming serious, well then, we'll just have to double our efforts in exposing people like Ham for what they are.