Ken Ham Supports John Oller’s Lawsuit

Things are shaping up nicely in the lawsuit filed by professor John Oller 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 (see links in our first post on this case: Louisiana Creationist Professor Sues University), but he also seems to be an anti-vaxer. Here’s a link to the complaint Oller filed. It’s quite a tale of woe.

We recently posted that WorldNetDaily Supports Creationist John Oller. And he’s being represented by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), described by Barbara Forrest in this article: The Gutting of BESE’s LSEA Implementation Policy: The Untold Story of Alliance Defense Fund Involvement.

And now, adding to Oller’s all-star lineup of supporters, we have Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. He also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Ol’ Hambo has just posted this at his personal blog: Lawsuit over Academic Freedom. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and Hambo’s links omitted:

The Alliance Defend fund issued a news release on January 5 about a lawsuit against the University of Louisiana over a distinguished professor who, the ADF says, has been “repeatedly discriminated against.”

Yes, we know about the suit filed by the distinguished professor. Tell us something new, Hambo. Ah, his next sentence is this:

The professor is a creationist.

We had already figured that out, but it’s nice to see it substantiated by an expert. Let’s read on:

Many of you will remember the movie Expelled, in which Ben Stein documented case after case of discrimination in academic circles related to the issue of Intelligent Design.

Yes, and we also remember Expelled Exposed, which demolishes Stein’s shabby “documentary.” Hambo then quotes at length from the press release issued by ADF. We won’t bother with that material, but you can read it here: UL-Lafayette censors internationally acclaimed professor for politically incorrect views. Hambo’s post continues:

Dr. Oller, by the way, is also a contributor to our Answers magazine. Here are links to two articles he has written.

We previously provided one of those links, but it’s handy to have them both in one place. Oller’s contributions to AIG are these: Words Are Us, and also More than PIE: Babel Explains Distinct Language Families. Here’s more from Hambo:

I would also ask you to be in prayer for Dr. John Oller and his family. Experience tells me that they will be receiving a lot of persecution (and will be greatly maligned) because of his stand. This will certainly be an interesting case to follow.

Oller won’t be “greatly maligned” by your humble Curmudgeon. Merely referring to him as a creationist is sufficient for our purposes. And here’s Hambo’s traditional ending:

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying

There’s no need to thank us, Hambo. We always have a good time at your website.

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7 responses to “Ken Ham Supports John Oller’s Lawsuit

  1. Wouldn’t that be analogous to having Charles Manson on your side during your murder trial?

  2. Oller’s suit doesn’t really call for much. Damages to be assessed by the jury, court costs and UNLIMITED, UNRESTRAINED license to practice WOO at the university.

    My view is that if he’s teaching that vaccines cause autism in a university course he should be fired. This is discredited and Oller is malfeasant for teaching it, if that’s what he’s doing. If he’s teaching or advocating creationism in a science class he should be fired. Neither academic freedom nor “first amendment” rights protect liars in education.

  3. @Doc Bill —

    Hear, hear!

  4. From reading his complaint, Oller’s anti-vax activities appear to have caused the most consternation to the University. The complaint mentions Intelligent Design as one of his beliefs, but doesn’t mention any incidents related to his belief in ID. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It’s hard to imagine that the ADF would come to his defense over his anti-vax views, but there’s very little in the complaint about other subjects.

  5. I think English professors who teach conspiracy theories about Shakespeare should be fired, but they never are as far as I know. I was appalled when my English-major roommate started bringing that nonsense home.

  6. Gabe: I think there’s a difference, though I agree with your frustration.

    While I grant you that teachers of all subjects have a responsibility to stick with accurate information, I think there’s a big difference here. An English professor bringing up a possible conspiracy about the Bard and a science professor teaching things that are contrary to established science are not exactly the same animal. Therefore, while a teacher shouldn’t promote conspiracy theories about Shakespeare anymore than about Kennedy, or Roswell, I’m much less worried about that than about misrepresenting science.

    It’s hard to design any randomized controlled trials testing the accuracy of the historical record as it regards Shakespeare. History is much more reliant on what people think to write down, or on their fallible memories of situations. More importantly, history is written by the victors. So even though a history or English professor who promotes conspiracies deserves ridicule, I think termination is a little harsh as long as their promotion of conspiracies is kept to a minimum. Science professors on the other hand are teaching a subject where experiment can verify (or at least falsify) an idea and so they must meet more rigorous expectations.

  7. You can’t design randomized controlled trials about anything in history, whether that be Shakespeare’s plays, the origin of the Solar System, or cetacean evolution.

    Conspiracy theories about Shakespeare do not merely fill in gaps in an imperfect historical record with an interesting supposition–they ignore well-established historical facts, as does any conspiracy theory whether it be an imaginary Chinese fleet that inaugurated the renaissance, a second gunman on the grassy knoll, a controlled demolition of the WTC, or a faked moon landing.