Sunday, February 25, 2007

Darwin's banned

Found at Elizabeth Wong's blog, reporting on the latest gazetted list of banned books, Darwin's 2nd edition of The Origin of Species has been banned. However, what's on the ministry's list is a translated Indonesian version.
Two weeks ago, CIJ’s Sonia called up to check if it was indeed Darwin’s The Origin of Species on the gazetted list of banned book. Preferring to err on the side of caution and referring to the author’s name in the gazette - ‘F.susilohardo Basuki Hernowo‘ (line item 51) - I told her it was most probably some Indonesian Christian book.

Last night, a foreign correspondent telephoned to make the same inquiry. After the conversation, I thought it best to have this checked out with some friends.
This morning, well, one should by now anticipate the not-so-stunning news.

Yes, it’s Darwin.

~extract from Darwin Banned, Elizabeth Wong


bibliobibuli said...

thanks for highlighting this, midnight lily

Anonymous said...

Not surprising. This Govt does not want you to know that its leaders came down from the tree. They prefer you to believe they are all descended from that kaffir, Alexander the Great ( Iskandar in Malay)even though some of the leaders behave as if theya re still in the tree and are unlikely to ever evolve to a higher realm.