In which we learn that muslims in Britain are apparently walking out on lectures about evolution, but that’s not the main point of the article.
Muslim students, including trainee doctors on one of Britain’s leading medical courses, are walking out of lectures on evolution claiming it conflicts with creationist ideas established in 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.
A bit silly of them, if you ask us but, then again, we are quite familiar with how threatened the poor little dears feel whenever anybody or anything questions their beliefs. Beliefs that they can’t be holding all that close to begin with if they think they might lose them simply by listening to some boring old college prof drone on and on until everybody in the auditorium is snoring loudly. But we digress, and we certainly shan’t cast the first stone here, considering all of the lectures we walked out on back during our days in academe.
Of course, His Imperial Majesty didn’t walk out citing his religion, he didn’t have much of one at the time, unless you can call “happy hour at the local pub” or “excessive debauchery” a religion. What surely frustrated our profs no end was that we kept stubbornly passing our exams with flying colors in spite of our blatant disregard for their droll sermons, which we only mention to illustrate that, contrary to what seems to be the core belief of college professors everywhere, it actually is quite possible to cover the syllabus without having to subject yourself to hours of monotone chanting from a gray-whiskered old geezer.
Most of us can read quite well, you know.
But that isn’t the real point of the article either. That comes in the next paragraph:
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.
And if subtle smears were a religion, somebody ought to build a temple to that paragraph. Where to begin?
How about “fundamentalist?” Let’s start out by acknowledging that fundamentalist is a bit of a naughty word in today’s world. It evokes images of wild-eyed hermits speaking in tongues and, of course, strapping on bombs and blowing oneself up in public. So when somebody calls you a “fundamentalist”, they’re most likely not trying to compliment you unless they have really poor manners or have lived under a rock for the past decade at least.
Moreover, are we to take it from the above that Christians who believe that the world, mankind and all known species were created by G-d in a single act are somehow “fundamentalist?”
Pardon us for being perhaps offensively direct about it, but that is pretty much exactly what it says in Genesis, one of the books in the Bible, said book being the one book you must believe in if you are to call yourself a Christian. You can’t just say “well, I’m a Christian and I believe in G-d and the Bible, except for those bits that I rather don’t like all that much.” That would make you a non-Christian or, as they’re sometimes also known, Episcopalian (Bible optional).
Yet for that we’re to be considered “fundamentalist?” Really now. What’s the point of using the “fundamentalist” word at all then, when a simple “Christian” or “not Christian” would do just as well?
Finally: So, according to the Mail Online, those muslims who believe the exact same thing are not to be considered “fundamentalist”, because we couldn’t help but notice the absence of that modifier where they are concerned.
So muslims don’t believe in evolution. Christians, excuse us, fundamentalist Christians (as opposed to those wonderfully open-minded Christians who really don’t believe in G-d) don’t believe in evolution, therefore muslims are the same as fundamentalist Christians.
A bit clumsily played there, but nice try.
Steve Jones emeritus professor of human genetics at university college London has questioned why such students would want to study biology at all when it obviously conflicts with their beliefs.
ALL of Biology conflicts with your beliefs unless you take every word that Darwin ever wrote as gospel? That’s odd, because we rather think that we understand Biology quite well and have learned how to put it to good use (and we have the vellum to prove it), yet we somehow don’t suffer under the impression that all of it is bunk because we don’t believe that Uncle Steve was originally a common earthworm who just happened to wake up one morning with opposable thumbs, a receding hairline, a beer belly and a tendency to grouse about what’s on TV these days.
You see, you can yank all of Darwin and evolution from the subject of Biology (not that you should, but you could) and it wouldn’t make one solitary iota of difference to what it teaches. Biology teaches us how life as we know it works. Darwinism claims to tell us how it came to be.
A slight difference that obviously went clear over the pointed head of professor Jones, which leaves us with further evidence that we really were quite right when we, in our youth, decided that “emeritus” means “senile old addle-brained geezer who falls asleep in his oatmeal a lot.”
‘They don’t come [to lectures] or they complain about it or they send notes or emails saying they shouldn’t have to learn this stuff.
‘What they object to – and I don’t really understand it, I am not religious – they object to the idea that there is a random process out there which is not directed by God.’
Alright. Fair’s fair. The good professor does acknowledge his own limitations there, stating that his lack of religion makes it hard for him to understand when he could as easily have launched into a mocking, deliberately insulting and vile, puerile diatribe of the sort that we’ve come to expect from the likes of Richard “The Dick” Dawkins.
He chose not to, and for that he deserves credit. We’d love to sit down and discuss it with you one day over several pints of fine ale, professor, you seem like a decent chap. Before we do so, however, in order to help us start off on the same page, look up the word “omnipotence.” It’s sort of at the center of the whole thing.
Earlier this year Usama Hasan, iman of the Masjid al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton, received death threats for suggesting that Darwinism and Islam might be compatible.
But remember that the article established earlier that there’s no difference whatsoever between “fundamentalist” Christians and the certainly not fundamentalist muslims.
Except that us “fundamentalist” Christians wouldn’t dream of sending death threats to anybody, not even Dicky Dawkins, for questioning our beliefs.
But other than that? EXACTLY the same.
Speaking of Dicky Dawkins:
Evolutionary Biologist and former Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins has expressed his concern at the number of students, consisting almost entirely of Muslims, who do not attend or walk out of lectures.
All of the other churches in Europe are running out of warm bodies in the seats, Dicky.
Why should yours be any different?