Ohio school district teaching material made by Holocaust denying, Islamic sex cult leader

An "educational video" titled, Cambrian Fossils and the Creation of Species, has this year been made available to educators as part of a Youngstown, Ohio teachers curriculum.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 16, 2016 19:13
2 minute read.

Cambrian Fossils and the Creation of Species

Cambrian Fossils and the Creation of Species

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Students in one Ohio school district are reportedly using study material produced by the leader of a "Holocaust-denying, Islaimic sex cult," organization, the Daily Beast reported Monday.

An "educational video" titled, Cambrian Fossils and the Creation of Species, has this year been made available to educators as part of a Youngstown, Ohio teacher's curriculum.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The video details what biologist call the Cambrian Explosion, when approximately 550 million years ago the number of species on earth dramatically increased over the next tens of millions of years, a relatively short amount of time by evolutionary standards.

Creationists, who hold the belief that God literally created the world in six days as told in the Bible and the Koran, regularly point to this era as proof of God's hand in propagating a plethora of diverse life found on the earth at the time.

The video, however, is produced by "the works of Harun Yahya," who the Daily Beast reports is a controversial Turkish-based Islamic televangelist with deep roots in the worldwide creationist movement with his own television channel, A9 TV. 

Yahya, an alleged pseudonym for Adnan Oktar, also owns a publishing house which has published dozens of books that have been distributed in more than 150 countries and have been translated into more than 50 languages.

Oktar is also author of one book title "The Holocaust Deception: The Hidden Story of Nazi-Zionist Collaboration and the Inner Story of the Hoax of “Jewish Holocaust,” which he says now he disavows.



“[Oktar] undoubtedly takes inspiration from American-style creationism... his creationism is far from just an American import," Anne Ross Solberg, an expert on Yahya, explained in a paper published by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

"He’s trying to prove that science backs up Islam. The message of Yahya is thus that science does not only confirm the existence of an intelligent designer, but divine creation as revealed by Allah,” Solberg adds.

The charismatic television imam has also been accused of proliferating a quasi sex-cult within his creationist movement, regularly parading bleach-blond women in tight fitting clothing on his broadcast. The women on the show call him "master," while Oktar refers to the women as his "kittens" and offers them as "evidence of Islamic creationism," according to Slate Magazine.

The Youngstown school district did not respond to a request from The Daily Beast as to why they offered the material as part of their 10th grade curriculum. The curriculum only states that teachers employed within the Youngstown school district are afforded the opportunity to teach “an alternative theory called Intelligent Design.”

Asked why the Youngstown's school district permits its educators to teach creationism, a spokesperson for Ohio's Department of Education stated:  “Ohio is a local control state and districts select and implement their own curriculum to serve their community.”

Reuters contributed to this article.


Related Content

President Reuven Rivlin visits Herzog College for 929 study program
July 19, 2018
He didn’t mean to steal the show

By GREER FAY CASHMAN