You know all about the creationist problems at Indiana’s Ball State University. They had one guy, Eric Hedin, who was said to be slipping the stuff into his course on the “Boundaries of Science,” and while a controversy was brewing over that they went out and hired Guillermo Gonzalez — a Discoveroid “senior fellow.” We recently summarized the situation in Battle of Ball State: Setting the Stage.
Now things are heating up. In the Star Press of Muncie, Indiana they have a story with this headline: Group condemns BSU for teaching ‘Science Must Destroy Religion’. It says, with bold font added by us:
The intelligent-design think tank Discovery Institute sent a letter to Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora today demanding an investigation into one of its honors seminars “for promoting atheism and bashing intelligent design.”
In late July, Gora concluded after an investigation that assistant professor of physics Eric Hedin has no right to teach intelligent design in a science course.
The stand she took was a bit stronger than that. We previously posted about the Statement from Ball State University’s President on the impropriety of teaching intelligent design in science class. Today the Discoveroids are striking back. The story continues:
“If Ball State is going to ban faculty speech favoring intelligent design by claiming that it would violate the separation of church and state, then it must apply the same ban to faculty speech that promotes atheism or attacks intelligent design in the classroom,” John West, vice president of Discovery Institute, said in a news release on Tuesday.
Neat, huh? If Ball State won’t teach the Discoveroids’ pseudo-science about intelligent design, then they shouldn’t be allowed to mention it at all, especially not in a negative way.
The rest of the news article quotes from the Discoveroid ultimatum, but we have an even better source for that — the blog of the Discoveroids. They just posted this: Discovery Institute Demands that Ball State University Investigate Class for Teaching that “Science Must Destroy Religion”. There’s no author’s byline, but it reeks of John West. Anyway, here are some excerpts, and we’ve added some bold font for emphasis.
Discovery Institute, the nation’s leading intelligent design think tank, is demanding that Indiana’s Ball State University (BSU) investigate one of its honors seminars for promoting atheism and bashing intelligent design. The demand follows the decision by BSU President Jo Ann Gora to ban all faculty from endorsing intelligent design in their classes, and to ban science faculty from even raising the topic.
Wowie — they’re demanding! This is serious. Let’s read on:
“If Ball State is going to ban faculty speech favoring intelligent design by claiming that it would violate the separation of church and state, then it must apply the same ban to faculty speech that promotes atheism or attacks intelligent design in the classroom,” said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute.
Makes sense, right? If the university can’t promote Oogity Boogity in science class, then they can’t teach why it isn’t science. The Discoveroid article gives a link to the actual ultimatum — it’s a ten-page pdf file: Dear President Gora. It ends with an “Attachment” containing nine questions they want answered, but just before those questions, the actual letter ends with this, and the bold font is in the original:
We ask for a response to each of the items listed above by no later than the end of business on Monday, September 30, 2013. If you do not respond by that time, we will assume that you do not intend to answer our questions, or otherwise cooperate with our reasonable requests, and that we must therefore seek remedy elsewhere
We’ll let you have the pleasure of reading the ultimatum in its entirety. The Discoveroids’ article repeats the threat:
The Institute’s letter gives BSU until September 30 to respond. After that, the Institute warns it will be forced to seek other remedies.
We don’t know what those “other remedies” might be, but we don’t understand how the Discoveroids have any standing to launch litigation — not in their own name. They’re not involved in what goes on in Ball State; they’re just a bunch of creationists in Seattle. But we’ve been surprised before. Here’s how the Discoveroids’ post ends:
A non-profit education and research think tank, Discovery Institute defends academic freedom for scientists, scholars and students who support intelligent design, the theory that there is scientific evidence that nature was produced by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process.
No Oogity Boogity there — just solid science. Well, dear reader, things are definitely getting interesting. The fat’s in the fire. The die is cast. The fuse is lit. The clock is ticking. The dreaded deadline of 30 September will soon be upon us. What then? Stay tuned to this blog.
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