Serbia's education minister resigns over Darwinism flap

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) Serbia's education minister has resigned after causing public outrage for directing teachers to ignore a chapter in eighth-grade biology textbooks that says life on Earth evolved through natural selection.

Ljiljana Colic called Darwin's theory ''dogmatic'' and said it should not be taught pending general curriculum revisions. After protests from scientists, opposition parties and liberal groups, the Education Ministry reinstated Darwinism.

Critics said Colic's action reflected conservative trends under the government that took power last January, and the growing influence of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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