I get so depressed when reading about the creationist debate in the southern United States or some Muslim countries. If it was just atheists who opposed creationism, we would lose. Sometimes to solve problems or in this case to combat ignorance you have to work together with people who have a different ideology. Republicans really should sometimes work with Democrats to fix things in the U.S. Here in Canada some issues need Liberal and Conservative cooperation.
So the challenge is to find something positive that a branch of a religion had said about evolution. Being an atheist married to an Anglican here is something from the Archbishop of Canterbury:
Archbishop of Canterbury backs evolution
The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned the teaching of creationism in schools. In an interview with Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, Dr Rowan Williams said the Biblical creation stories do not belong in the same category as evolutionary theory.
Are there any other powerful Catholics, Hindus, Muslims, Wicans, … (insert a religion here) on our side?
I think Catholics are 'allowed' to believe in Evolution, as long as they believe that @ some point, 'god' put 'souls' into people.
They are also allowed to believe in aliens now. lol.
…and many more.
One great piece of information when debating a creationist: Evolution is not an irreligious, atheist or anti-theist idea, it's a scientific one.
As such, there are many religious clergy as well as adherents who advocate against the wedge tactics of the creationist/I.D. crowd.
Unlike evolution, Creationism and I.D. are not scientific ideas, but of the singular purview of fundamentalist theological frauds who've admitted they are using it as a wedge to sneak fundamentalist/dominionist Christian doctrines into; not just public schools, but as a part of the bigger plan of a hostile take-over of all areas of secular oversight.
This isn't about an "atheist war on religion" it's a defense of science against literalist religious fundamentalism and revisionism.
The National Center for Science Education is at the forefront of this particular culture war in the US, they are not an atheist organization, they are an explicitly secular/pluralist one.
Our 4500 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious and political affiliations.
This isn't a new battle either. To get some perspective of "we've been here before", watch the film "Inherit the Wind". Interesting to note, this film (1960) was about the 1920's, …an unintentional cautionary tale I think. Imagine that there were many in the 1920's who correctly saw the fundamentalist efforts to censor science as "backward" an interesting irony.