Monday, December 10, 2007

Christian biologist fired

Christian biologist fired for beliefs, suit says
By Jason Szep
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Christian biologist is suing the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, claiming he was fired for refusing to accept evolution, lawyers involved in the case said on Friday.

Nathaniel Abraham, an Indian national who describes himself as a "Bible-believing Christian," said in the suit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston that he was fired in 2004 because he would not accept evolution as scientific fact.

The latest U.S. academic spat over science and religion was first reported in The Boston Globe newspaper on Friday. Gibbs Law Firm in Florida, which is representing Abraham, said he was seeking $500,000 in compensation.

Hurray for Woods Hole.
Fuck yes he should be fired. Why would an institution that's very premise is based upon biological scientific facts want to retain a biologist who believes in mythology over biological facts? Woods Hole is all about examining ocean life. How could one be an effective biologist and not believe in evolution.

There is so much ignorance in the world today.


Buzzardbilly said...

Curmy's from Mass. He will love this. Score one for science.

Ann said...

Being originally from southern Mass, myself, I say hooray for Woods Hole...who the hell knew there were Christian biologists? WTF?

MountainLaurel said...

He wasn't fired for his beliefs. He was fired for lack of basic knowledge to do his job. (Or worse, refusal to use the knowledge necessary to do his job.) Where I come from, that's not discrimination.

Colonel Colonel said...

I saw this in the paper a few days ago. I hope he doesn't get anywhere with the "religious discrimination" crap. He was fired because he doesn't grasp the basic tenets of his job. It would be like employing a Flat-Earther at NASA, or an illiterate as a copy editor.

Well, a lot of papers seem to do that these days, but that doesn't make it right...

TED VELVET said...

i don't see why it has to be so mutually exclusive. you can believe in god and be a scientist. it's the bible freaks, the one's who think it's the literal word of god and can't separate from it who are the fucking idiots that have to be eliminated from any job where your brain must function rationally. let those idiot o work with alligators and shit.

MountainLaurel said...

Amen, Ted. I consider myself a Christian that has reconciled that with what we know from science. Many scientists look at science as trying to understand God, not something negating God.