France / La Libération / 22 April 2008
The French daily La Libération carried a report on 22 April, 2008, headed "The anthropologist Pascal Picq says that creationism is growing stronger." In the report the paper, which has a circulation of 140,000, referred to the strengthening of creationism in France and the impact Atlas of Creation has had on this change:
"... Sarkozy's statements agreeing with what creationists and the opponents of secularism have been saying came as a great surprise to me. In their eyes, the reason for the evils of the 20th century is that people turned their backs on religion. The evidence? People who turned their backs on the Creator turned into animals behaving in conformity with Darwin's theory. If someone is taught that he is descended from a lower order of animal and is given no religious instruction, then this leads to all kinds of disasters. For that reason, evolution must be removed from the education syllabus... The media were largely unconcerned by Islamic creationist movements. Until, that is, the Turkish writer Harun Yahya's Atlas of Creation reached thousands of people. Then, there was literally complete panic, because A BOOK FROM A MUSLIM COUNTRY HAD FALLEN LIKE A ROCK INTO THE SEA OF REALITIES..."
It is true that Atlas of Creation caused panic in France. Until the arrival of the Atlas, the theory of evolution had been imposed and taught as an unarguable fact. However, the Atlas led to people questioning the theory of evolution for the first time, and to their seeing the truths that had been kept hidden from them. Seeing the falsities of the theory of evolution, the French have now turned towards sincere faith. One can see this change in France both from the statements made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the growing belief in creation among the French public. Indeed, evolutionist circles themselves report this with considerable alarm.
The collapse of the theory of evolution is inevitable: The facts have been revealed, and the Darwinist mask has been torn off. Belief in creation grew rapidly in France in 2007, and continues to do so.
Harun Yahya Has An Influence US Creationists Could Only Dream of
The British news agency Reuters, one of the largest in the world, carried an article by Tom Heneghan on 22 November, 2006. (Reuters' news reports reach some 1 billion people every day.) The report, titled "Creation vs. Darwin Takes Muslim Twist in Turkey," discussed the work of the world famous author Harun Yahya on the subject of evolution and the way that belief in evolution has shrunk considerably in Turkey in recent years. This analysis inspired very wide reactions in newspapers such as the Washington Post, the most important daily in the USA, and online news sites such as MSNBC, YahooNews and AOLNews. Some of the statements in the article read:
"A lavishly illustrated "Atlas of Creation" is mysteriously turning up at schools and libraries in Turkey, proclaiming that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is the real root of terrorism.
Arriving unsolicited by post, the large-format tome offers 768 glossy pages of photographs and easy-to-read text to prove that God created the world with all its species.
At first sight, it looks like it could be the work of United States creationists, the Christian fundamentalists who believe the world was created in six days as told in the Bible.
But the author's name, Harun Yahya, reveals the surprise inside. This is Islamic creationism, a richly funded movement based in predominantly Muslim Turkey which has an influence US creationists could only dream of.
Creationism is so widely accepted here that Turkey placed last in a recent survey of public acceptance of evolution in 34 countries - just behind the United States.
"Darwinism is dead," said Kerim Balci of the Fethullah Gulen network, a moderate Islamic movement with many publications and schools but no link to the creationists who produced the atlas....
A Dose of Religion
Like the Bible, the Koran says God made the world in six days and fashioned the first man, Adam, from dust. Other details vary but the idea is roughly the same.
But unlike in the West, evolution theory has not undermined the traditional creation story for many Muslims.... In 1985, a paragraph on creationism as an alternative to evolution was added to high school science textbooks and a US book "Scientific Creationism" was translated into Turkish.
In the early 1990s, leading US creationists came to speak at several anti-evolution conferences in Turkey.
Darwin and Terror
Since then, a home-grown strain of anti-Darwinist books has developed with a clearly political message.
"Atlas of Creation" offers over 500 pages of splendid images comparing fossils with present-day animals to argue that Allah created all life as it is and evolution never took place.
Then comes a book-length essay arguing that Darwinism, by stressing the "survival of the fittest," has inspired racism, Nazism, communism and terrorism.
"The root of the terrorism that plagues our planet is not any of the divine religions, but atheism, and the expression of atheism in our times (is) Darwinism and materialism," it says.
One Istanbul school unexpectedly received three copies recently. "It's very well done, with magnificent photos - a very stylish tool of creationist propaganda," said the headmaster, who asked not to be named.
The driving force behind these books is a reclusive Islamic teacher named Adnan Oktar who over the past decade has published a flood of books under the pseudonym Harun Yahya.
"Harun Yahya has managed to create a media-based and popular form of creationism," said Taner Edis, a Turkish-born physicist at Truman State University in Missouri.
Harun Yahya ... has turned out over 200 books in Turkish and translated many of them into 51 other languages.
Oktar, 50, appears on the group's Web site sporting a clipped beard and dapper suits. His works can be found in Islamic bookshops around the world and downloaded for free over the Internet.
... ID says some organisms are too complex to have evolved without some superior cause, but avoids calling that cause God because that would ban it from U.S. science textbooks.
... But most Turks show no interest because they see no need to avoid naming God. ..."
The report also appeared in the following:
- Washington Post, USA, 22 November 2006
- Indian Express, India, 23 November 2006
- Times of India, India, 23 November 2006
- Daily News & Analysis, India, 23 November 2006
- ShortNews.com, Germany, 22 November 2006
- Alarab online, UK, 22 November 2006
- MSNBC, 22 November 2006
- Financial Express, India, 22 November 2006
- ABC News, 22 November 2006
- Reuters.uk, UK, 22 November 2006
- Reuters Canada, Canada, 22 November 2006
- Daily Times, Pakistan, 22 November 2006
- NewsMax.com, USA, 22 November 2006
- History News Network, USA, 22 November 2006
- Free Republic.com, USA, 22 November 2006
- Mercado Digital, Argentina, 26 November 2006