Sunday, December 19, 2010

Congress Repeals DADT; But Only For The Military

Instapundit points to this December 18, 2010 New York Times article about astronomer C. Martin Gaskell who is suing the University of Kentucky because, he alleges, he was denied a job when they found out that he wasn't deeply enough in the closet about being an evangelical Christian.  Perhaps they were concerned about a loss of "unit cohesion" if other astronomers found out he was playing for "the other team."  Perhaps they didn't want someone who didn't share their orientation looking at their theses during conferences.  Perhaps they fear Dr. Gaskell would try to seduce them with his perverted ideas about the universe. 

I guess it would have been okay for Dr. Gaskell to have had his sick ideas, as long as he kept his mouth shut, and Didn't Tell.  They certainly could not lawfully have Asked.

There are always those who don't get with the progressive program and abandon their ancient superstitions:
The insanity of the Christian doctrine of redemption really doesn't fit at all into our time.  Nevertheless, there are learned, educated men, occupying high positions in public life, who cling to it with the faith of a child.  It is simply incomprehensible how anybody can consider the Christian doctrine of redemption as a guide for the difficult life of today.....  A church that does not keep step with modern scientific knowledge is doomed.  It may take a while, but it is bound to finally happen.  Anybody who is firmly rooted in daily life and who can only faintly imagine the mystic secrets of nature, will naturally be extremely modest about the universe.  The clerics, however, who have caught a breath of such modesty, exercise a sovereign opinionated attitude toward questions of the universe. [Goebbels' paraphrase of Hitler's philosophy concerning religion: Louis P. Lochner, ed. The Goebbels Diaries 1942-1943 (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1948), 375, quoted in Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2010), 166.]

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