the limits of academic freedom

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 12, 2007

In a front-page story on Darwinism in academe, the New York Times asks the question:

May a secular university deny otherwise qualified students a degree because of their religion?

The answer looks obvious: No.

But wait: After adding a few more rhetorical questions, the Times turns to a reliable professor:

Those are “darned near imponderable issues,” said John W. Geissman..

The student in question, you see, is a Christian. You certainly couldn't deny a degree to a student of any other faith on religious grounds. But if it's a Christian? Hmmm. Imponderable.

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 04, 2010 1:12 AM ET USA

    Are we sure that the skirt-wearing Episcopal priest is a woman?

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - Jun. 03, 2010 8:35 PM ET USA

    Should a female priest be called a priest or a priestess? The answer is not a priest. As to rising hem lines they kinda go with the rising hymn lines of modern choirs. Both seem to be a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing. Thank you Shakepeare for having writ well.

  • Posted by: bugbyte1243319 - Jun. 03, 2010 1:50 PM ET USA

    I bet they're little arrows pointing to her knees saying This Side Down; or the ever-theological WWJD; or maybe TGIF (thank goddess I'm father); and how high does the skirt have to go to show the third tattoo? This is fun. Hope the sword is rubber!

  • Posted by: thecrossreference8142 - Jun. 03, 2010 1:17 PM ET USA

    My mind is still reeling over what sort of "theological" tattoos a woman would put on her thighs.