Go to university and refuse to learn? Maybe you are in the wrong place

Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution… because it ‘clashes with the Koran’

Professors at University College London have expressed concern over the increasing number of biology students boycotting lectures on Darwinist theory, which form an important part of the syllabus, citing their religion.

Similar to the beliefs expressed by fundamentalist Christians, Muslim opponents to Darwinism maintain that Allah created the world, mankind and all known species in a single act.

Credit: @NCSE on Twitter (National Center for Science Education)

Even Christian fundamentalists can sit through a class just the same as an atheist can sit through a theology class and learn the material. University is a place of higher learning, not a place to learn what you feel like learning today.

You walk out, you fail the exams, you don’t get your degree. Seems simple.

Check out this post regarding a Christian’s ironic response to this story.

  5 comments for “Go to university and refuse to learn? Maybe you are in the wrong place

  1. PJ
    November 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I must disagree in the strongest terms. We want these people (both groups) IN the university! Otherwise, we’re preaching only to… well, you know. Throw them out, and we preemptively sacrifice our own influence, undermine confidence in the system, and betray our ideals, all at the same time. These things take time.

    • PJ
      November 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      Not to mention, one lecture and one theory? Scientific reasoning is much bigger than either. I think it can take the hit, and still implant itself.

  2. PJ
    November 30, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Furthermore, Islam is not inherently anti-science. Some of the grestest scientists in Western history–of which it is a part!–were Muslims. Islam preserved the wisdom of the ancients while Europeans were living in ignorant squalor. Engage them on these terms.

    • idoubtit
      November 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

      PJ: I don’t disagree with you. My point was, though, they don’t seem open to that engagement. I also wonder if it just a few that are throwing a fit about it. It’s hard to tell from just one article.

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