Monday, October 16, 2006

Evolution Debate in Poland / Europe Continuing

As a follow-up to the last two stories on evolution, it appears the world press is picking up on the story. The Daily News and Analysis of India ( posted a story Saturday concerning the comments by Polands's Deputy Education Minister:

Daily News & Analysis (India) 14 October 2006
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WARSAW: Poland's deputy education minister called for the influential evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin not to be taught in the country's schools, branding them as lies in comments published on Saturday. "The theory of evolution is a lie, an error that we have legalised as a common truth," Miroslaw Orzechowski, the deputy minister in the country's right-wing coalition government, was quoted as saying...

Here is the tie in to European Parliament Lectured on Macro-Evolution :

Orzechowski called for a debate on whether Darwin's theory should be taught in schools. "We should not teach lies, just as we should not teach bad instead of good, or ugliness instead of beauty," he said.

"We are not going to withdraw Darwin's theory from the school books, but we should start to discuss it," he added.

The deputy minister is a member of a Catholic far-right political group, the League of Polish Families. The league's head, Roman Giertych, is education minister in the conservative coalition government of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Giertych's father Maciej, who represents the league in the European Parliament, organised a discussion there last week on Darwinism. He described the theory as not supported by proof and called for it to be removed from school books...

A couple of related items:

The Polish News Bulletin (, an English language Polish news service posted this as their quote of the day Saturday (oct. 14th):

Evolution is one of the many lies taught in schools.
Miroslaw Orzechowski, deputy education minister

Also, Truth in Science ( picked up on the Paliament story at this link.


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