The Sacramento Bee has an article about the upcoming trial over the University of California’s rejection of certain courses from a Christian school for credit in their admissions process. I reviewed the biology textbook when the suit was first filed and there is no question that it should be rejected for credit by any serious school. You cannot pretend to seriously be teaching science when you claim, without evidence, that virtually everything taught in modern science is wrong and that anything that conflicts with their interpretation of the Bible must be wrong regardless of the evidence. It turns out that the physics textbook does the same thing:
While “the university has no opposition to questioning current scientific points of view,” he said, certain ways of questioning aren’t legitimately academic because they aren’t subject to scientific testing.
The Bob Jones physics text, for example, teaches that “the only sure truths are found in God’s Word, which is settled forever in heaven. … The Bible, written by an omniscient God, can never be proved wrong.”
That’s not science, it’s anti-science. Accepting that course for academic credit would be as absurd as accepting a Madrassah class in science that taught that anything that conflicts with the Quran must be wrong. And as the article points out, the plaintiffs just don’t have much of a case:
Among many issues to be sorted out at the trial is whether UC’s admissions criteria, which permit students to qualify via routes other than approved course work, such as standardized testing, leave Christian school students at a disadvantage.
“We’re clearly not trying to keep these kids out,” Patti said.
He said graduates of the school in Murrieta have had a particularly high admission rate in recent years. He also said UC’s approval rate for courses taught at Christian schools is identical to the rate for schools overall.
The trial is expected to take place sometime in 2007.