The following excerpt is from an article I would encourage you all to read:
“…next Tuesday, the Council of Europe (CoE), Europe’s main human-rights body, will vote on a proposal which advocates the fight against creationism, ‘young earth’ and ‘intelligent design’ in its 47 member states.Read the entire article at:
“According to a report of the CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly, creationists are dangerous ‘religious fundamentalists’ who propagate ‘forms of religious extremism’ and ‘could become a threat to human rights.’ The report adds that the acceptance of the science of evolutionism ‘is crucial to the future of our societies and our democracies.’
“‘Creationism, born of the denial of the evolution of species through natural selection, was for a long time an almost exclusively American phenomenon,’ the report says.
“‘Today creationist theories are tending to find their way into Europe and their spread is affecting quite a few Council of Europe member states. […] [T]his is liable to encourage the development of all manner of fundamentalism and extremism, synonymous with attacks of utmost virulence on human rights. 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 in forms 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 the advocates of strict creationism are out to replace democracy by theocracy. [...] If we are not careful, the values that are the very essence of the Council of Europe will be under direct threat from creationist fundamentalists.’
According to the CoE report, America and Australia are already on their way towards becoming such undemocratic theocracies where human and civic rights are endangered. Creationism is ‘well-developed in the English-speaking countries, especially the United States and Australia,’ the report states.
“‘While most curricula in Europe today unashamedly teach evolution as a recognised scientific theory, the same does not apply to the United States.’”
Article “misses the boat”An article in the Sacramento Bee newspaper on Noah’s Ark, with reference to the movie Evan Almighty and the Creation Museum shows the extreme ignorance of people concerning the account of the Flood and Noah’s Ark in Genesis.
For instance, the reporter states: “Some scientists have spent years searching for the ark's existence. Others have tried to determine its exact proportions.” Determine its exact proportions? How about reading Genesis 6 where Noah is told the EXACT proportions (how many cubits wide, high, and long)?
The article goes on to state:
“The ark at the Creation Museum shows how the ark came about. Many Christians believe the events happened as described in the Bible. Looy says there was a global flood and that the ark was about 450 feet long and held 10,000 animals, including dinosaurs.“Many of the 26,000 people who've visited the museum in the first three weeks spent a lot of time at the Noah exhibit.What would happen if people called the bodily resurrection of Christ a “narrow interpretation” and one needed to accept that the event could mean anything?
“‘The ark is big, so it gives people a perspective of how large the real one was,’ says Looy. He knows that many, especially in the science community, disagree with such a literal interpretation of the Noah story. But that doesn't seem to bother him. ‘I sympathize with them. I used to believe in evolution until I looked at both sides and used my critical thinking skills.’ Others say using Genesis as a history textbook is wrong. ‘They've missed the boat, so to speak,’ says Pleins, ‘They're missing the mythological interpretations and perhaps the point of the story.’ Hirschfield believes that‘focusing on such a narrow interpretation of the Bible limits people's ability to access the truths of the Bible.’”
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