Issue Date: March/April 2008
The dispute over the teaching of evolution in schools has spread to Europe. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recently condemned efforts to teach creationism in schools. They voted 48 to 25 in favor of a report that attacked advocates of creationism for seeking to "impose religious dogma" and promote "a radical return to the past" at the expense of children`s education.
Several newer member countries of the European Union are beginning to challenge the secular culture in the older Western European nations. Over the last century, Europe has become more and more resistant to the gospel. They have entrenched evolution as the foundation of an anti-religious culture.
But many of the newer members of the EU are Eastern European where at least a form of godliness still exists. Their belief in the Genesis account of creation is clashing with the godless perspective that evolution has fostered in Western European nations.
The report stated: "If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights which are a key concern of the Council of Europe." As usual, this fear of creationism springs from a basic spirit of rebellion against a God that might be displeased with some of their "human rights," such as same-sex marriage, abortion, and genetic engineering that the Western European culture "enjoys."
Seeking to drive a wedge between the Bible and science, the report argued: "The theory of evolution has nothing to do with divine revelation but is built on facts." However, careful examination of these "facts" finds them very thin or non-existent. Author Thomas Heinze looks at a number of these "facts" in his book, The Vanishing Proofs of Evolution.
Heinze debunks the most widely used "evidence" found in science textbooks and other literature.
One is the peppered moth in England used as prized evidence of evolution since the 1960s. Before the industrial revolution, trees in England supported lichens on their bark that were light colored. One researcher noticed that the peppered moths had coloring that matched the lichens. Later, the smoke from industry killed the lichens and the bark was darker.
Soon the coloring of the moths also became darker. The researcher concluded that the change allowed the birds to find and eat the light colored moths and only the moths with a darker mutation survived. Recent evidence has proven that the moths did not land on the tree trunks. Instead they hid under the leaves of the trees in the daytime and only came out at night when the birds are asleep.
It was also proven that the researcher had staged his pictures of the moths by gluing the moths to the tree trunks.
Heinze exposes other bogus "facts" such as Haeckel`s embryos, comparative anatomy, and "uphill mutations." He shows how mutations never make new organs, they only destroy existing ones.
The European report claims that science and revelation contradict each other. Heinze shows how true science and the Bible do not contradict each other. The false science that is used to support evolution is based on "facts" twisted to fit the anti-god rebellion of those who fear they will have to submit to the Creator if they acknowledge that He exists.