British imam in trouble for defending evolution
The New Scientist reports on a British imam (prayer leader) who is in hot water in his religious community because he defended evolution as being compatible with a non-literally interpreted Quran.
A few notes:
- I would guess that Usama Hasan defends a version of guided evolution—intelligent design through common descent. Even watered-down compromises like guided evolution are very controversial in some Muslim communities.
- Explicit (rather than unconsidered default) creationism tends to be stronger in immigrant Muslim communities rather than majority-Muslim countries. The overtones of violence are there precisely because it is a British setting.