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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Turkish website on evolution deemed 'harmful to children'

A Turkish website explaining Darwin's theory of evolution has been blocked for internet users who have a filter for children on their service.
The censor reportedly keeps children away from evolution theory, but allows access to websites on creation.

The editor-in -chief of Bilim Teknik, a magazine published by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s (TÜBİTAK), stated that the ban was not against the theory of evolution specifically.

“If that was the case, every website that used to word would have been banned. This one may have been banned for containing harmful material to children.”

The controversial new internet regulations work under two sets of filters, “family” and “children”, that block access to all websites containing material related to drugs, obscenity, terrorism and prostitution.
Yes, I know, Orthodox Jews are not big Darwin fans either. In fact, we believe in the biblical narrative that the World was created in six days. But we have books that explain why Darwin observed what he observed within the framework of the Torah's narrative (and no, I do not want to have a whole discussion on evolution here - I just don't think you can resolve the issue by pretending that the theory doesn't exist).

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At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as it is taught as a theory, I have no problem with it. But here in the USA it is taught as fact, I do have a problem with that! -------------- p.s. the challenge word for this post is fancali. It struck me funny because I am in California and I am a fan of your website. :)


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