You would think that a university would be one of the most rational places on earth. But at Duke University we see movement in the opposite direction. The university is now promoting the belief in yet another imaginary being:
The article opens:
In September, during the month-long fast of Ramadan, Muslim chaplain Abdullah Antepli arranged nightly meals to break the daily fast for Duke University’s estimated 500 Muslim students, faculty members and workers — a feat never before tried at this Gothic-looking university founded by Methodists.
In December, on the last day of classes, he led Muslim students into a home of their own, a 1,400-square-foot bungalow on the central campus that will serve as the Center for Muslim Life, a place where students can pray, study and eat pizza late into the night.
The Muslims now have their own chaplain and their own building on campus. This event is such a big deal that it was announced on the front page of the Sunday paper.
Duke already has a Christian chaplain who promotes “the God we so deeply hunger for.” (Not to mention the huge cathedral and the divinity school). And there’s the Freeman Center for Jewish Life to promote all things Jewish.
But there is no building or leader for rational people. No meeting hall, no programs and no free pizza to promote rationality and welcome new converts to the rationality we so deeply hunger for. A search of Google yields nothing at all.
Why not? Why isn’t there a leader and meeting place for rational people? There are certainly more rational people than Muslims at Duke. And since rational people are known to be the most despised group in America, it is the rational people who need the most support for their despised viewpoint.
So how about it Duke? Why not create a well-funded Center for Rational Life? As the new chaplain points out:
“American Islam is an emerging cultural identity,” he said. “Muslim chaplains have a significant role to play in negotiating this identity.”
Rationality is also an emerging cultural identity.