French schools spammed with anti-evolution books

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"The Atlas of Creation" is a 770-page book written by Turkish author Harun Yahya in which he quotes from the Koran and says that "human beings did not evolve (from another species) but were indeed created." The book also describes evolution as "the true source of terrorism." No big deal, right? Well, thousands of french schools and universities have received copies, presumably for use in the classroom.

The only thing is, they didn't come from the education ministry. The government warned school officials that the book was not part of the recognized curriculum and that it should not be used. The book includes a photo of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center with the caption "Those who perpetuate terror in the world are in fact Darwinists. Darwinism is the only philosophy that values and incites conflict."

The education ministry has said that they "are not alarmed as the book has not reached the classrooms or documentation centers," despite the mass distribution and apparently significant resources behind the campaign. An abridged version of the book is available online on the author's website and a quick look reveals it contains the usual logical fallacies which supposedly refute evolution. I'm glad to hear the French education ministry is ignoring these books.

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