Turkey’s Science State Council Halts Publication of Evolution Books

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The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak) has banned the sale and publication of all books in its archives that support the theory of evolution.  This includes books by Charles Darwin, Dr. Richard Dawkins, Alan Moorehead, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Levontin and James Watson.

TÜBİTAK oversees the development and coordination of scientific research in line with the national targets and priorities, set by the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA). With more than 2,500 researchers work at the 15 different research institutes and research centers attached to TÜBİTAK, it is the premier country-wide scientific research organization in Turkey.

The source for this news is the English language edition of Hurriyet Daily News, an online Turkish newspaper.

As Darwin Day approaches this tragic story is tailor-made for public support against this decision by a governmental body.  What are your opinions?

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