In South Korea, Creationists Score a Huge Victory
Evolution references yanked from textbooks
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2012 12:15 AM CDT
Updated Jun 7, 2012 8:07 AM CDT
A monkey's uncle.   (?Derek Keats)

(Newser) – A group opposed to the teaching of evolution has won a major victory in the Deep South—of the Korean peninsula. A creationist group has successfully petitioned South Korean publishers to remove several references to evolution from high school textbooks, Nature reports. The group—set up by the US Institute for Creation Research in the '80s as Christianity spread across South Korea—says it wants the "error" of evolution removed from textbooks to "correct" students' view of the world.

Biologists complain that the government did not consult them on the issue, but merely forwarded the group's petition to publishers. "When something like this comes to fruition, the scientific community can be caught flat-footed," a director at the National Center for Science Education tells the New York Daily News. "Scientists are not by their nature political." Polls show that some 40% of South Koreans don't accept the theory of evolution, about the same proportion as in the US, but much greater than in Canada and in many European countries, io9 notes.

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Derni
Jun 14, 2012 9:23 PM CDT
Did someone from Kansas move to South Korea??? Myopic and enlightened intellect has a way of moving around from place to place like a virus or bacteria ..
BizzeeB
Jun 10, 2012 9:55 PM CDT
If there is a more backward 'first world' nation, I've yet to find it. Leave it up to Koreans to push a theological position that contradicts the historical record of THEIR OWN PEOPLE. I spent 1.5 regrettable years over there working, and it's shocking how many young, misinformed Christians approach you on the street to talk about 'Jesu'. If you make it over there sometime (and I'm not recommending it), ask them how it's possible that the book they're trying to sell you on doesn't even include them! I'm sure their Buddhist ancestors would condemn them to perpetual cycles of rebirth...
winterfairy
Jun 9, 2012 12:00 AM CDT
You all do realize the current scientific theory on the origins of life on earth is that Aliens dropped off the genetic materiel and seeded the earth? that's kind of creepy that "scientists" are pushing that.