And it’s a good one, too.
I was dismayed to read that MIT has decided, after a hundred years without, that it needs a chaplain.
MIT is about science and engineering and mathematics. There is no place for belief in those disciplines. Only doubt: we accept evidence but constantly test it.
Our students, especially the ones from America, have grown up in cultures saturated with religiosity. We should give them a little break from it while they’re here.
MIT needs religion like a bull needs mammaries.
(Professor) Joe Haldeman
I have to take exception to that last line, though. I can think of many situations where male contributions to nursing would be useful. I don’t see that believing in baseless superstitions has any virtue at all in modern civilizations, so Haldeman is being too generous in his assessment.