Remember Maciej Giertych? He’s the Polish representative to the European Parliament who wants creationism taught in schools alongside evolution. And he’s got a degree in tree physiology, but he claims to be a population geneticist. Anyway, his letter to Nature made it seem like Poland has this big problem with creationism. Boy was I mislead.
It turns out the problem isn’t just localized to Poland; it’s spread throughout Europe. Nature reports that creationists in Great Britain, using the name Truth in Science, are trying to undermine the teaching of evolution. And Letizia Moratti, the former education minister in Italy, removed the teaching of evolution from the nation’s middle schools. And the ARCTUR Research Geological Lab in Moscow, Russia is trying to find geological evidence for creationism. That should keep them busy for
a while eternity.
The Nature article argues that the European creationism movement is more diverse than the American version. They claim that American creationism is mostly limited to evangelical Protestants, whereas European creationists may be Protestant (England), Catholic (Poland, Italy), or Muslim (England, France, and the capital of European creationism, Turkey).