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Non-Darwinist doctor refused job. A doctor was denied employment at a Norwegian hospital because he did not believe in the Theory of Evolution. Saying, “we are quite far apart when it comes to a view of the world”, an Oslo University Hospital official claimed the doctor would not get the job “because I don’t think this will quite work.” The psychiatrist, who wished to remain anonymous for his future professional career possibilities, told Christian newspaper Vårt Land, “Both I and colleagues reacted strongly to that such a justification could be allowed.”

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Non-Darwinist doctor refused job

Published on Wednesday, 25th January, 2012 at 13:50 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

A doctor was denied employment at a Norwegian hospital because he did not believe in the Theory of Evolution.

Charles Darwin, 1854
Charles Darwin, 1854
Photo: Maull and Fox/Wikimedia Commons


Saying, “we are quite far apart when it comes to a view of the world”, an Oslo University Hospital official claimed the doctor would not get the job “because I don’t think this will quite work.”

The psychiatrist, who wished to remain anonymous for his future professional career possibilities, told Christian newspaper Vårt Land, “Both I and colleagues reacted strongly to that such a justification could be allowed.”

“I therefore decided to bring the matter further before an independent body to verify this was unacceptable.”

The Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman subsequently found in favour of the doctor, saying he had been subject to discrimination.

Agreeing that considering views about the theory was legitimate for an employer, as it central to understanding how the human mind develops, the ombudsman nevertheless ruled the hospital had violated the Equal Opportunities Act by not giving other grounds for refusal.

The psychiatrist accused hospital officials of narrow-mindedness, saying, “It’s about tolerance for thinking differently, [...] and having more openness to other perspectives, which should be seen as a resource.”

“An employer should be allowed to ask about philosophy, even if they cannot handle the answer. The problem is how my view has been used as an argument to disqualify me as a professional. The refusal has not affected me, but it was an important matter of principle.”



Published on Wednesday, 25th January, 2012 at 13:50 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: oslouniversityhospitaljobrefusal, theoryofevolution, darwinism.





  
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