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jonny5509's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by jonny5509

I'm not convinced. I have to admit this particular case makes me feel a little uncomfortable.

Agreed that religious views that are in conflict with a position of authority should not be granted impunity just because they are religious. However, he really did appear to be the best applicant until his crazy views of evolutionary biology were discovered. Also, he seemed to be quite a competent teacher of astronomy. The students repeatedly nominated him for the 'outstanding educator' award.

Plus there is this:

Other reasons will be given for this choice when we meet Tuesday. In the end, however, the real reason why we will not offer him the job is because of his religious beliefs in matters that are unrelated to astronomy or to any of the duties specified in this position

One could argue that the real losers here are the students, and that there has been a detriment to the pursuit of reason and the advance of science following the committee's decision. One of the emails submitted to the court suggested that Gaskill would be subject to the same rules and policies that everyone else on their staff must abide by, regardless of his religious beliefs, and if he deviated from these, he would be sacked.

That to me sounds a much better way of dealing with people of faith in public positions - believe whatever fairytales you like, but teach only this.

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:05:00 UTC | #583700