Church in Kenya pressures museum to remove fossils from display

The leaders of Kenya's evangelical movement are pressuring the national museum to remove a world-famous collection of bones which conclusively depict the evolution of apes to humans.

The collection includes the most complete skeleton yet found of Homo erectus, the 1.7 million-year-old Turkana Boy unearthed by Dr Leakey's team in 1984 at Nariokotome, near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. The museum also holds bones from several specimens of Australopithecus anamensis, believed to be the first hominid to walk upright, four million years ago. Together the artefacts amount to the clearest record yet discovered of the origins of Homo sapiens.

Bishop Bonifes Adoyo, the head of Christ is the Answer Ministries: "The Christian community here is very uncomfortable that Leakey and his group want their theories presented as fact. Our doctrine is not that we evolved from apes, and we have grave concerns that the museum wants to enhance the prominence of something presented as fact which is just one theory."

 

 

These rare fossils are in immediate danger and really should be moved to a secure location where idiots can't destroy them.

 

Basically this guy is saying "Your reality does not mesh well with our dogma, so reality must be censored". Fundies are always asking to see fossils and claiming there are no fossils, and when they are given fossils to see they demand they be removed as they're offensive. I can't stand Christians.


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Comment by MoshingTick on January 30, 2011 at 7:36pm
The religious fervor that has been sweeping portions of the African continent is just a testament of how bat shit crazy people can be when they take the Bible as literal truth. I feel really really sad for a lot of people living there (especially the homosexual's who live in fear of their lives) who are constantly under pressure from the evangelical movement. I hope that nothing bad happens to that museum or the fossils they have displayed there. All it takes is one nut case thinking Gawd told them to destroy those relics and those wonderful pieces will be gone.

If things get too hairy, then I think it would be best to move them to a safer location until things simmer down again and people become more accepting of evolution. It would be a real shame to have to permanently remove them from where our origin's really began. Something symbolic about keeping them in Africa to me.

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