No More Evolution Books in Turkey


Turkey, allegedly the most secular of all Muslim-majority countries in the world, is home to Adnan Oktar, aka Harun Yahya, a Muslim young earth creationist who has led a crusade against evolution. It appears that he has won a significant victory:

The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has put a stop to the publication and sale of all books in its archives that support the theory of evolution, daily Radikal has reported.

The evolutionist books, previously available through TÜBİTAK’s Popular Science Publications’ List, will no longer be provided by the council…

Books by Richard Dawkins, Alan Moorehead, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Levontin and James Watson are all included in the list of books that will no longer be available to the Turkish readers.

I don’t know how things work in Turkey, of course, but I doubt this means that books about evolution are actually illegal to sell or own in that country. But it’s certainly not a good thing.

Comments

  1. Funny Diva says

    a Muslim young earth creationist who has led a _crusade_ against evolution

    Interesting description there…

    But you’re right, this is going to be awful for Turkey and any Turks who want a decent education.

  2. raven says

    Harun Yahya is also a convicted criminal who runs a nasty Islamic cult.

    AFAICT, the last time Turkey had anything good going on was the start of the Ottoman empire a few centuries ago.

  3. nooneinparticular says

    I am pretty sure that the Turkish science council issued a statement saying this story is untrue. Not sure where I read the statement (only saw it in passing) …I’ll see if I can find it…..

  4. mildlymagnificent says

    AFAICT, the last time Turkey had anything good going on was the start of the Ottoman empire a few centuries ago.

    Give credit where it’s due. Ataturk was an outstanding leader. Turkey wouldn’t have been in the position it now appears to be backsliding from if it weren’t for him.

  5. Augustus Carp says

    Not that it makes any difference to the scale of Yahya’s lunacy….. but I think he is an old world creationist Ed.

    It is not a pretty sight watching Turkey retreating back into the dark ages. Ataturk would be seriously unimpressed with the current wave of islamization in TR

  6. says

    Turkey, allegedly the most secular of all Muslim-majority countries in the world

    Still believe it is! I mean, it’s not doing very well but the US isn’t doing well on the whole secularism either….

  7. iangould says

    “Give credit where it’s due. Ataturk was an outstanding leader. Turkey wouldn’t have been in the position it now appears to be backsliding from if it weren’t for him.”

    Yes, they’ve “backslid” back to a multi-party democracy. They’ve “backslid ” from the widespread use of torture in criminal investigations. they’ve “backslid” from jailing people for publishing or broadcasting in the Kurdish language.

  8. iangould says

    “I am pretty sure that the Turkish science council issued a statement saying this story is untrue. ”

    It’s negative,

    It’s about Muslims.

    Of course, it’s true.

  9. Rip Steakface says

    Yes, they’ve “backslid” back to a multi-party democracy. They’ve “backslid ” from the widespread use of torture in criminal investigations. they’ve “backslid” from jailing people for publishing or broadcasting in the Kurdish language.

    All of this true, but they have certainly backslid from being more staunchly secular than any of the Founding Fathers ever were.

  10. iangould says

    Under Ataturk, the Ministry of Religious Affairs owned every Sunni mosque in Turkey, appointed Imams and paid their salaries; dictated the curicula of religious schools and required standardized government-approved sermons be presented verbatim every Saturday.

    Discriminating against women who wear the hijab isn’t secularism.

  11. laurentweppe says

    All of this true, but they have certainly backslid from being more staunchly secular than any of the Founding Fathers ever were.

    Ataturk’s secularism was not “staunch”: it was authoritarian, built upon the support of a de facto military aristocracy which kept the secular institutions intact via a constant threat of pulling a coup. If anything, what’s happening right now is Ataturk’s legacy

  12. Olav says

    Ed, Adnan Oktar is not quite a young earth creationist, he propagandises intelligent design. Of course, with con men like him, it is easy to get confused what their real message is sometimes.

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