In a 48 to 25 vote, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly passed a resolution entitled, “The dangers of creationism in education.” Its purpose is to affirm the exclusive teaching of evolution and to keep biblical creation and intelligent design out of science classes in its 47 member countries. Here are some of the statements from the resolution:
- The fact of the matter . . . is that some advocates of strict creationism are out to replace democracy by theocracy.
- If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights.
- Denying it [evolution] could have serious consequences for the development of our societies.
- The Parliamentary Assembly therefore urges the member states to . . . firmly oppose the teaching of creationism . . . in any discipline other than religion.1
Though this resolution is nonbinding, it still may influence decisions made by the member states. The European Union is clearly worried about the growing influence of creation ministries in Europe. Answers in Genesis–UK reports an increased awareness and interest in creation and evolution in the UK and Europe. The ministry attributes this to both the intelligent design movement and opposition from outspoken atheists such as Richard Dawkins. This renewed interest and awareness has drawn the attention of various media and given AiG–UK new opportunities for interviews from both Christian and secular media.