Tuesday, December 05, 2006


From Yahoo News via LiveScience.com:

Scientist Fights Church Effort to Hide Museum's Pre-Human Fossils

Famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey is giving no quarter to powerful evangelical church leaders who are pressing Kenya's national museum to relegate to a back room its world-famous collection of hominid fossils showing the evolution of humans' early ancestors.

...Leaders of Kenya's Pentecostal congregation, with six million adherents, want the human fossils de-emphasized.

"The Christian community here is very uncomfortable that Leakey and his group want their theories presented as fact," said Bishop Bonifes Adoyo, head of the largest Pentecostal church in Kenya, the Christ is the Answer Ministries.

"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," the bishop said.

Bishop Adoyo said all the country's churches would unite to force the museum to change its focus when it reopens after eighteen months of renovations in June 2007....

As Bartholomew's Notes on Religion noted when this story was first reported, Bishop Adoyo has involved himself in a number of controversies: He was, for instance, a member of a commission appointed by president Daniel arap Moi to determine the extent of Satan worship in Kenya. (The commission found Devil worship all over the place, including the Mormon Church and "the golfing society.") Also, Bishop Adoyo also calls Islam a "destructive monster." Hmmm .. I wonder if Dennis Prager ever uses a guest columnist...

(Via DU.)

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