I don't know all of the details of the case because there are differing reports floating around (ha) about the specifics of his job, whether Abraham knew about the evolution requirement before he was hired, whether he refused to do his work or to attribute his findings to evolution or whether he named all the zebra fishies after the 12 Apostles or whatever. But the one fact that is not disputed by either Abraham or his former supervisor is that they were having a casual conversation in which Abraham mentioned that he personally did not believe in evolution but in creationism. Apparently, Abraham could not be dissuaded and was released into the big pond known as "Unemployment." Now, however, Abraham is a professor at Liberty University in VA, where Bible-believing zebrafish experts do not get dissed or hassled or swallowed by bigger experts.
It's a bit of a circus, but it was the end of the NPR story that grabbed me most.
There is a quote by Eugenie C. Scott, executive director for the National Center for Science Education (watchdog organization whose goal is to keep lunatic Creationists out of ... everything) in which she says that Abraham was not forthcoming when he applied for the job because he was hired to work in the field of developmental biology, where acceptance of evolution is as basic as believing the world is round.
NPR reporter Sean Corcoran quotes Scott: "Scientific institutions have every right to require that their biologists accept evolution. And creationists have a very small role to play in biological labs."
How small, might you be wondering?
Scott's voice: "Well, I'm sure there are some jobs you can do in a laboratory that don't involve evolution: I mean you can wash test tubes, and you can do very routine types of machine runs and so forth, but that's not why you hire a post-doc."
Mostly certainly, she believes that a Creationist could never be an equal intellectual participant in biological science. And that really
Question: I have never understood these bumper stickers and signs. Does this mean that Darwin was overcome by Jesus or that Darwin is the real deal, or what? I'm glad this wasn't on the SATs. Maybe I should go wash some test tubes.