Friday, October 28, 2005
Liberal tolerance: Yeah, I know it's an oxymoron, but check out this article in today's Wall Street Journal on religious schools' difficulties at getting the University of California system's blessing on their courses. At issue -- among many things -- is the textbooks used in these courses.
The physics textbook is like any other--with pure science in it--except that a verse from Scripture stands at the head of each chapter. Barbara Sawrey, a chemistry professor at the San Diego campus, who advised the university on this matter, told Burt Carney, the school association's legal-affairs director, that the verse appearances alone were enough to disqualify the textbook.
By this silly standard, I alone would've been responsible getting Cal Poly's Mustang Daily axed as a valid class. I actually got a news article published on the front page of the paper that started out with a Bible verse.
I never knew how corrupting just a little religion could be.
Seriously, read the entire article and see if you think that the University of California is acting on anything less than hostility to religion.