REJOICE, creationists! You have powerful intellectual allies among the clerics of Saudi Arabia. Reuters reports Saudi cleric to king’s university: don’t teach evolution, mix sexes. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
A senior Saudi cleric said religious scholars should vet the curriculum at the kingdom’s only co-educational university, meant to be a beacon of science, to prevent “alien ideologies” such as evolution.
Great idea! We can hear the cheers of approval in Louisiana. Let’s read on:
King Abdullah’s University of Science and Technology (KAUST), designed to produce Saudi scientists, is the only educational institution in the kingdom where men and women can mix. It is located near a Red Sea village away from the clutches of religious police and opened on September 23.
That sounds fine, but can such an institution exist in Saudi Arabia? We continue:
“The recommendation is to set up sharia committees at this university to oversee these studies and look into what violates the sharia (Islamic law),” Sheikh Saad al-Shithri, a member of a panel of top scholars, was quoted by al-Watan newspaper.
Except for the use of Islamic law instead of Genesis, we see no difference between the Saudi proposal and the position of American educational officials — like the Texas Board of Education. It’s also similar to the no sex, no evolution agenda of our “family values” advocates. Here’s the rest of it:
“We are looking at some of the sciences that have included some irregular and alien ideologies, like evolution and such other ideologies,” said Shithri, who is one of several clerics who objected to co-education at the university.
Yes, it’s good for a university to be on guard against “irregular and alien ideologies, like evolution.” Hey, did you notice that they don’t even want to waste time teaching the controversy? The Truth™ is all the students need.
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