At the University College London, it appears that Muslim students including but not limited to those taking medical training, are walking out on lectures that bring up evolutionary theory or Darwin.
‘They don’t come [to lectures] or they complain about it or they send notes or emails saying they shouldn’t have to learn this stuff.
‘What they object to – and I don’t really understand it, I am not religious – they object to the idea that there is a random process out there which is not directed by God.’
Just in case the Daily Mail is not the greatest source in the world, I had a look around to see if anyone else was reporting this. From the Tribune:
In ongoing protests, Muslim students including trainee doctors at Britain’s University College London have walked out of biology lectures on evolution, reports The Daily Mail.
OK, then there’s this Australian source. They’re much closer than I am here in Minnesota:
Muslim biology students are boycotting lectures about evolution because they conflict with their creationist beliefs, one of Britain?s leading scientists has revealed.
Steve Jones, emeritus professor of human genetics at University College London, said increasing numbers of his undergraduates were refusing to attend his lectures on evolution and complaining that the subject should not be taught on their course.
“It is a minority of students … but [the problem] is definitely there and it is definitely growing,” said Jones, who teaches introductory genetics to about 300 first-year students, about a fifth of whom are Muslim.
“I had one or two slightly frisky discussions years ago with kids who belonged to fundamentalist Christian churches … now it is Islamic, overwhelmingly.”
That’s from The Australian Higher Education section.
Continuing with that source,
Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and former Oxford professor, first raised the Muslim boycott of lectures in an interview with the Times Educational Supplement last month.
“Occasionally, my colleagues lecturing in universities lament having undergraduate students walk out of their classes when they talk about evolution — this is almost entirely Muslims,” he said. “I think there’s a very, very pernicious influence that is lasting up to the university years.”
In my view, these students should be given an appropriate grade; What is the English equivalent of an “F”?