Saturday, December 18, 2010

American and Korean Universities, Science and Religion

An American astromer described by a hiring committee member as "breathtakingly above the other applicants" was rejected for having said that Darwinian evolution has "significant scientific problems" and includes "unwarranted atheistic assumptions and extrapolations" — Scientist alleges religious discrimination in Ky. "I think that if I had a document like this and I was advocating atheism ... I don't think it would be an issue."

The Korean university I work for, a science and tech school, was recently ranked top in the country, third in Asia, and 28th in the world — Top 200 - The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011 — while the University of Kentucky didn't even make the list. Our president is an avowed Protestant Christian, as was our last president (which sadly means no more new years' gifts of traditional Korean liquor, as in my first years years here). We have a Protestant Christian professors' association which recently hired a full-time pastor and has plans of establishing a university church.

And this in a country where Christians make up at most a third of the population. How different from the open bigotry practiced in America.

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