Sunday, January 06, 2008

How to Lose Your Zebrafish

According to this NPR report on All things Considered, Nathaniel Abraham, a Christian biologist of Indian origin who specializes in studying zebrafish (known as "the new fruitfly" for its scientific-study-friendly biological make-up) was fired from his job at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution because he doesn't believe that the theory of evolution is a ... theory.

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 gills galls me.

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.

15 comments:

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I remember hearing about Mr. Abraham's unfortunate case a few weeks back. To me, it seems a clear case of bias. He wasn't demanding that his employer institutionally decry evolution or stamp "God Made This" on every living thing. He just wanted the intellectual right to admit that evolution is a theory and only a theory. But so many in the scientific world won't allow that freedom.

By the way, the Darwin fish is a secular response to the ichthus.

Lynn said...

Wow, great post.

I am facinated about issues such as this. Your words and the irony that this guy was fired from his job at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution because he doesn't believe that the theory of evolution is a ...

Over a "Theory" Amazing..... Well said my sister, well said! Have a blessed day. Love and hugs, Lynn

Susanne said...

This sort of stuff just blows me away. I don't even know what to say without doing a whole rant and taking over the comments. So I'll just bow gracefully out.

Life In Progress said...

What a sad, sad commentary on our times.

By the way, thanks so much for stopping by my new blog. I'm excited to have had a couple visitors. Now if only I could think of something to write about today........

Melanie said...

Well written post with all the fish references scattered throughout.
Good things are ahead for this man. God always rewards those who stand for Truth.

Lois E. Lane said...

I think it just means Darwin is now swimming with the fishes ;)

Heth said...

Interesting...

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Intersting. Very.

And of course, further fuels the idea that only the ignorant amongst us would actually believe that the Bible is accurate and/or true.

I am encouraged to see there are realms of higher learning where one can find intellectual freedom!

annie said...

Sounds like a case for Jay Sekulow. Why oh why is there not a place for science and Christ Jesus? And why do atheist feel everyone else has to share their egotistic lost hope? Have you read Lee Strobel's "Case for a Creator?" or how about the Bible? Great post, Linda--makes us think."Come let us reason together." Is. 1:18

Roxanne said...

OOOOO. . .OOOOOO. . .OOOOOO. . .
I'll try the new expletive now!!!!

Oh----JUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That felt good. So glad that Ms. Scott is out there making sure the universe is run according to plan. . .now, that's some junk right there.

Missy said...

http://www.answers.com/topic/truth-fish-jpg-1

Ann said...

I saw that bumpersticker just yesterday and was wondering the same thing...I'll check out missy's link.

Carol said...

Then there's always the one of the Christian fish eating the Darwin fish. A little aggressive for me, but it makes its point.

Susan said...

Oh my goodness...that's just wrong!

Susan

Cyndy said...

Okay...just two things...
1 - If you believe in evolution as only a theory and admit it...If you believe in creationism...then tell me how is it you are so dumb that you can get a Phd AND land a job at an oceanographic institute in the first place...oh, if liberals would only listen to themselves once in awhile!!!!
2 - We have a neighbor that owns a Cooper, you know, one of those little British cars. It has three bumper stickers. The first one is that Darwin fish thing and the second one says "David Beat Goliath"....huh? (I can't repeat the third one.)