Turks protest removal of Darwin article from state-run magazine

Turkish university students and teachers on Wednesday protested the removal of an article about Charles Darwin from a state-run science magazine amid concerns that secular views are under threat in the Muslim country. News reports said Cigdem Atakuman, the editor of Science and Technology magazine, was sacked after she devoted the cover of the March issue to Darwin to mark the 150th anniversary of "The Origin of Species," his publication on evolution. Parliament Speaker Topkan Koksal, a member of the Islamic-rooted ruling party, said he opposed the action against the magazine by the state-run Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. "This incident is proof that a dogmatic world view that is opposed to science dominates" the council, a group of academics from Ankara's Middle East Technical University said in a statement.