Teach the controversy: Russian edition

We’ve gotten used to hearing that Creationism and Intelligent Design are peculiar to the United States.  Other places, especially Europe, not so much.

Unfortunately, that is changing.  There’s increasing pressure from religious factions in the United Kingdom, and Australians continue to play the occasional game of whack-a-mole with Creationists.

Now the Russians are feeling the heat.  The Russian Orthodox Church has launched its own version of “teach the controversy,” insisting that  “several theories” about the origin of life should be taught alongside the Darwinian theory of evolution.  Archbishop Hilarion (love the name) decries the “monopoly of Darwinism” in Russian schools.  Of course, the good Archbishop does not decry the monopoly of Russian Orthodoxy in his own pulpit, and I’m sure he would shrink at the suggestion that “several theories” of religious belief be taught regularly alongside his own.  Good for the goose and all that jazz.

Oh, and if you read the article all the way through, you’ll also find the Russian version of “Russia is a Christian nation.”  Enjoy!

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