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Serbia has suspended the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution for the current school year.
...The country's predominantly secular schools will eventually be allowed to reinstate it in the curriculum only if they balance it with lessons on creationism - the Old Testament belief in human descent from Adam and Eve.
The education minister, Ljiljana Colic, said: "Darwinism is a theory as dogmatic as the one which says God created the first man."
Ms Colic, an Orthodox Christian, did not dispute that her beliefs had influenced her decision.
"It is normal that a minister's personality leaves a mark", she said. "This is my mark and time will tell if I was right."
Two things crop up to mind:
a. This is an instructive lesson on what happens when you let Orthodox priests spread their ignorance on a country. An object lesson on what our own fundamentalist and power-mad archbishop here in Greece might attempt, given the opportunity.
b. Isn't the post-Milosevic political scenery enlightened?... Moving along with great strides to the 12th century, Serbia follows the most benighted of religious fanatics in middle America to join the most backwards wastelands of christian religious hysteria. And I'm sure the fundamentalists in the US are jumping up-and-down from joy now that they have an ally in a European country...
Always trust Kostunica to know how to pick them...
update Sept 10: Common sense has triumphed: "...After a deluge of protest from scientists, teachers and opposition parties, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica called Ms Colic in for a meeting.
They agreed to drop the move, [deputy education minister] Mr Brdar said..."
Relief... the post title remains accurate however. Let me also add that the first to attempt this return to ignorance in Europe was that other beacon of rationality and clarity of thought, the quasi-fascist Burlesquoni coalition... Over here in Greece the situation has had many ups and downs, though I'm under the impression that evolution is taught in Greek schools as biology ever since I was a schoolboy - although frankly I don't remember anymore!