Censoring evolution (this week, the Netherlands)

An evangelical christian TV station in the Netherlands has been censoring Sir David Attenborough. When the Evangelische Omroep (Evangelical Broadcasting) network showed his flagship natural history series The Life of Mammals, it made several alterations to the script to take out references to evolution, the age of the Earth and the evolutionary relationships between humans and apes. It even left out a whole episode on human evolution.

Dutch biologists are livid. Dr Gerdien de Jong at the University of Utrecht has put together a petition asking the BBC – which made the series – to either prevent such tampering or force foreign broadcasters to make clear what changes have been made. So far, 300 Dutch scientists have signed.

Categories: culture wars, ethics & philosophy, Politics, religion, Science

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