Saturday, May 12, 2007

Updates and a New Study on Religious Bias in Colleges

Having just finished editing a novella I've worked on from time to time, I find it is neither as awful as it could be nor as good as it should be. Too much action in the middle? Not enough? Too prosaic? Hard to say.

Anyway, I've begun the process of packing up and moving out. That means, among other things, that I've little to say on the blog today. But if you look to your right, you'll see a few new things on the sidebar, including new Catholic blogs and new Sci Fi blogs and resources. That should keep you momentarily entertained. Hopefully, I'll have something worth saying tomorrow.

Oh, but here's something interesting. Albert Mohler, a Baptist, has a post up on his blog about a new study revealing significant bias against Evangelicals in academia. What disturbs me is that these same academics don't have such a negative attitude against Catholics, which tells me Catholics are doing something wrong.

Of course, part of the negative attitude against Evangelicals probably has to do with short-earth Creationism and Intelligent Design, subjects about which Catholics are understandably less enthusiastic than are our separated brethren, some of whom have apparently gotten doctorates without taking a single science class. But still, the higher negative attitude against Evangelicals suggests to me that these academics see Catholics as a less significant force for conservative social change.

Mohler quotes Cary Nelson in his post; Nelson argues that the negative attitude probably reflects Creationism and Evangelicals' Republican leanings. Catholics, and I mean orthodox Catholics including me, are not all Republicans (I'm a registered Democrat who usually votes a straight Republican ticket because of disqualifying factors in my own party's candidates) and are not all short-earth Creationists (I consider Intelligent Design good philosophy but bad science because its propositions are untestable by the scientific method). Evangelicals have some diversity too, but the general misconception is that they're all wild-eyed radicals.

Perhaps the most shocking part of Mohler's post, though, is how he begins it. A Dr. Frank G. Kauffman at Missouri State University actually instructed his students to write write letters to legislators to pass a law legalizing same-sex marriage, and then he had a student who refused brought up on charges of discrimination. How's that for freedom of religion?

On some matters sacred to liberals, Catholics ought to be big movers and shakers, such as on opposition to abortion, homosexual marriage, and birth control. We should be able to annoy even conservative Evangelicals with that last one. In fact, we should annoy everybody with that last one; since "sexual freedom" is sacrosanct in this culture, why aren't we the most reviled group around? Is it because we've become lax? Is it because we've given in to the mainstream? Is it because we've become...irrelevant? Let's get some comments from the peanut gallery here.

Oh, and one extra thing: The report from which Mohler gets this info mistakenly uses Evangelical and Fundamentalist as synonyms. They are not the same thing.
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