From the Washington Times:
ISTANBUL — An Islamic version of “scientific creationism” has found fertile soil in Turkey, where three in four residents reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Its leading exponent is Tarkan Yavas, who sports shoulder-length hair and expensive suits and says his aim in life is “to cleanse Turkey of the atheist materialism and the immorality Darwin opened the door to.”
Mr. Yavas is the public face of the Science Research Foundation (BAV), a group set up in 1990.
Headed by Adnan Oktar, a university dropout turned charismatic preacher, BAV’s latest publication is “Atlas of Creation,” a 770-page, 13-pound tome the group sent to scientists, journalists and schools in Britain, France, Scandinavia and Turkey in February.
Much of the book resembles Western creationists’ work, which appears to have been brought to Turkey by Western fundamentalist Christian groups in the mid-1980s.
Though details vary, the account of creation in both the Bible and the Koran says God created everything in six days.
In the atlas, page after page juxtaposes photographs of fossils and living species, arguing that the similarities disprove assertions that species adapt over time.
The political message is different, with evolution blamed for communism, Nazism and — under a photograph of the Twin Towers in flames — September 11.
I’ll pass on this but somebody else might want to give it a try.
For years I half-heartedly fed the wild birds at my decorative feeders. I thought it was an interesting way to liven up the yard from time to time.
But that mindset changed one day when a chickadee landed on my daughter’s shoulder…
Here’s how she started feeding birds by hand…