We’ve started to track the lawsuit filed by John Oller, a professor of cognitive disorders, against his colleagues at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He’s claiming that his colleagues have urged him to leave, reduced his class size, forbidden him from participating in policy committees, banned his textbook, denied him opportunities to lecture or instruct students, and marginalized his status at the university because of “viewpoint discrimination.”
Oller is not only a creationist whose articles are posted at the Institute for Creation Research and Answers in Genesis, but he also seems to be an anti-vaxer. Our first two posts were Louisiana Creationist Professor Sues University and then Creationist John Oller Has Popular Support.
Now it appears that the Oller case is being supported byWorldNetDaily (WND) — the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed.
WND’s article is ‘Marketplace of ideas’ sued for censorship, and it’s sub-titled: “Professor alleges fellow faculty members target his views on intelligent design.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and their links omitted:
A discrimination lawsuit has been launched on behalf of Dr. John Oller Jr., a professor at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette who has gained global recognition as a speaker and has authored hundreds of articles, because he has been targeted by fellow faculty members over his views on creation and intelligent design.
Egad — the “globally recognized” professor is being persecuted just like Coppedge and the unfortunate victims in Expelled! What else are we told? Well, they provide a link to the complaint Oller filed, and then there’s this:
The case is being brought by the Alliance Defense Fund, which explained that Oller repeatedly has been damaged because of the views expressed in his public lectures and published works on communicative disorders, autism causation and intelligent design.
Oller is in good hands with Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) — an outfit we’ve encountered before. You may recall that they’re involved in the David Coppedge case, which is being publicized by the Discovery Institute. But for the best possible information about ADF, you’ve got to see Barbara Forrest‘s new article: The Gutting of BESE’s LSEA Implementation Policy: The Untold Story of Alliance Defense Fund Involvement.
Then WND spends a few paragraphs summarizing Oller’s allegations in his complaint. Do they have anything else? Ah, they say:
“Despite his stellar academic record, this professor has found himself exiled from participating in the instruction of any department students simply because he holds views that some university officials don’t favor,” says ADF Attorney David Hacker.
Oller has a “stellar academic record,” but he’s been “exiled.” Let’s read on:
“Professors don’t have academic freedom if they are forced to parrot the politically correct party line,” Hacker says.
It’s not about goofball theories; it’s all about “academic freedom.” We continue:
“Universities, which are supposed to be a ‘marketplace of ideas,’ are increasingly censoring views that challenge campus orthodoxy,” said Hacker.
“It’s our hope that this lawsuit will vindicate Dr. Oller’s academic freedom while demonstrating the right of professors to pursue the truth without censorship when their academic conclusions don’t match the fashionable consensus,” the ADF statement said.
Yes, The Truth™ is what Oller dares to teach. Okay. Now we’re skipping over a bit of fluff, which you can read for yourself if you like. The article ends with this:
Reached by phone, a representative of UL [University of Louisiana] told WND, “If we make a statement regarding the lawsuit, it will be through the court.”
That’s the proper way to proceed, but it means all the “news” we’re likely to find will come from the creationist side. We’re used to that. It’s more entertaining that way.
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