Published online 10 October 2007 | Nature 449, 649 (2007) | doi:10.1038/449649c

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Council of Europe votes against creationist teaching

Creationism is a potential threat to human rights and any attempts to incorporate it into science must be resisted, says the Council of Europe. The council is an intergovernmental body that is responsible for, among other things, the European Convention on Human Rights.

On 4 October, the council's Parliamentary Assembly voted in favour of its member states promoting evolution as “a fundamental scientific theory” and to “firmly oppose the teaching of creationism as a scientific discipline on an equal footing with the theory of evolution”. The motion is not binding on the council's 47 member states.

Concerns have been increasing about the promotion of creationism in Europe. The council highlighted a number of campaigns in countries such as Britain, Turkey, France and Russia (see Nature 444 , 406–407 ; 2006). 

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