South Korea leads the U.S. in moving backwards

Mention creationism, and many scientists think of the United States, where efforts to limit the teaching of evolution have made headway in a couple of states1. But the successes are modest compared with those in South Korea, where the anti-evolution sentiment seems to be winning its battle with mainstream science.

A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx. The move has alarmed biologists, who say that they were not consulted. “The ministry just sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge,” says Dayk Jang, an evolutionary scientist at Seoul National University.

via South Korea surrenders to creationist demands : Nature News & Comment.

Wow… I wonder if Ken Ham will be heading to South Korea to set up a Creationist museum soon? Is it too mean to hope that he lands accidently in North Korea?

HT – Dr. Cargill, via Facebook

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