Is Creationism a Threat to Human Rights

Is Creationism a Threat to Human Rights? Part 1


by guest Al Mohler

President: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - Louisville, KY

As if the world needed another crazy development, the Council of Europe, the continent's central human rights body, recently declared creationism to be a threat to human rights. The group's Parliamentary Assembly approved a resolution stating that creationism is promoted by "forms of religious extremism."

As Reuters reported:

The Council, based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, oversees human rights standards in member states and enforces decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

The resolution, which passed 48 votes to 25 with 3 abstentions, is not binding on the Council's 47 member states but reflects widespread opposition among politicians to teaching creationism in science class.

The text of the resolution leaves no doubt about the Council of Europe's judgment. "For some people the Creation, as a matter of religious belief, gives a meaning to life," the text acknowledges. "Nevertheless, the Parliamentary Assembly is worried about the possible ill-effects of the spread of creationist ideas within our education systems and about the consequences for our democracies. If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights which are a key concern of the Council of Europe."

Anyone looking for evidence of a secularized culture should take a quick look at this resolution. When the official human rights institution of Europe has to explain that "some people" believe that the divine creation of the universe "gives a meaning to life," this can only mean that Europe (at least as represented by the Council of Europe) has forgotten even its Christian memory.

This body is seriously concerned that creationism is not only a threat to their secularized educational systems, but to democracy itself. Human rights could be endangered, the Council claims, if the continent is "not careful."

Someone must be passing out paranoia pills in Strasbourg.  But more than secular paranoia is operating here.  A closer look at this resolution indicates the centrality of Darwinian evolution to the secular worldview.  Any breach in the wall defending evolution can lead, they are sure, to disaster.[1]

To be continued next week


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