Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Are we not men? We are Devo!

posted by The Sailor @ 5:46 PM Permalink

Biologist fired for beliefs, suit says
Woods Hole states creationist stance at odds with work

The battle between science and creationism has reached the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where a former researcher is claiming he was fired because he doesn't believe in evolution.

Nathaniel Abraham filed a lawsuit earlier this week in US District Court in Boston saying that the Cape Cod research center dismissed him in 2004 because of his Christian belief that the Bible presents a true account of human creation.

Abraham, who is seeking $500,000 in compensation for a violation of his civil rights, says in the suit that he lost his job as a postdoctoral researcher in a biology lab shortly after he told his superior that he did not accept evolution as scientific fact.

[Woods Hole senior scientist Mark E.] Hahn's lab, according to its website, studies how aquatic animals respond to chemical contaminants by examining ". . . mechanisms from a comparative/evolutionary perspective."
He was fired not for his beliefs, but because he couldn't do his job. You don't hire a Jehovah's Witness for a blood drive, you don't hire a Catholic priest for Planned Parenthood and you don't hire someone who doesn't believe in science to do scientific research.

But wait, there's more!
Hey Science, Don't Mess with Texas

It can't be a good thing when a state fires its head of science education for promoting science education. But that's what happened when the Texas Education Agency put its science curriculum director Chris Comer on administrative leave in late October, leading to what she calls a forced resignation.

We begin our story on October 26 when Comer forwarded an e-mail announcing a presentation titled, "Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse," by Barbara Forrest. Forrest co-authored a book arguing that creationist politics are advancing the movement to get intelligent design theory taught in public schools, and are doing so through public relations rather than through scientific research. Shortly after forwarding the e-mail, Comer was put on administrative leave.

"Ms. Comer's e-mail implies endorsement of the speaker and implies that TEA endorses the speaker's position on a subject on which the agency must remain neutral," according to the author of a TEA memo calling for Comer's firing.
Ummm, no! Evolution is a scientific fact. Creationism and ID are religious beliefs, not supported by any scientific discipline.

Astronomy, geology, biology, physics all reinforce the scientific conclusion that humans, the planet, the solar system, the universe, could not exist according to a literal interpretation of the bible.

Cross posted at SteveAudio



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