The last time we wrote about this long-simmering topic was Guillermo Gonzalez and the Ball State Imbroglio. As you recall, this one began last year when Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, started a fuss about Ball State University’s physics professor, Eric Hedin, who was allegedly teaching intelligent design in his course on the “Boundaries of Science.”
After a lot of attention, there was a strong, pro-science Statement from Ball State University’s President, Jo Ann Gora. She wrote: “Teaching intelligent design as a scientific theory is not a matter of academic freedom – it is an issue of academic integrity. … Said simply, to allow intelligent design to be presented to science students as a valid scientific theory would violate the academic integrity of the course as it would fail to accurately represent the consensus of science scholars.”
That’s when the Discovery Institute stopped lurking in the background and got openly and aggressively involved. We posted Discoveroids Issue Ultimatum to Ball State. When the ultimatum’s deadline passed, we posted about the university’s response: Ball State to Discoveroids: “Bugger Off!”
The Discoveroids initiated a letter-writing campaign, and in Ball State Imbroglio Update — 04 Oct 2013, we predicted that:
The Discoveroids undoubtedly have an imbecilic stooge or two in the Indiana legislature. They will introduce legislation to curb the “abuses” of the university, and they will also hold legislative hearings about the university’s “one sided” science policy.
Then we waited. At the end of last year, we posted that the Discoveroids had designated the Ball State Imbroglio as the Discovery Institute’s Triumph #4 for 2013. They seemed determined to keep pushing the issue. And lo, what we predicted about legislative action has come to pass. At the Discoveroids’ creationist blog, they just posted Legislators Demand Answers about Intelligent Design Ban at Ball State University. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Four state legislators led by Senate Education Committee Chair Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) have sent a letter to Ball State University’s (BSU) President and Board of Trustees expressing serious concerns about the university’s treatment of BSU physicist Eric Hedin and its imposition of a speech code censoring faculty speech on intelligent design.
Dennis Kruse? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s one of the wackiest creationists in Indiana. We’ve written about his bizarre legislative activities quite a few times, the last being Indiana Creationism: Strange Developments. He’s definitely one of the Discovery Institute’s useful idiots.
Then they give what they say is a quote from the legislators’ letter. It’s got all the Discoveroid bases covered. The wise lawmakers expressed concern:
about whether improper procedures were followed while investigating Professor Eric Hedin’s course, and whether an ad hoc committee appointed to investigate him was filled with persons with conflicts of interest…We are also concerned about the cancellation of Hedin’s class and the policy you announced last summer restricting faculty speech on intelligent design. We are disturbed by reports that while you restrict faculty speech on intelligent design, BSU authorized a seminar that teaches “Science Must Destroy Religion.” Your policy banning professors from expressing their views on intelligent design raises many troubling questions. One of the most important is: Does the policy forbid science professors from explaining either their support or rejection of intelligent design in answer to student questions about intelligent design in class?
Ooooooooh, this could be serious! Let’s read on:
The legislators promised to send additional questions to BSU in coming weeks. The legislators’ letter comes after nearly 10,000 people signed a petition urging BSU to allow academic freedom for Professor Hedin.
Wow — the Discoveroids got 10,000 idiots to send letters! Very impressive. We wrote about their letter-writing campaign here: Discoveroids Increase Pressure on Ball State. One more excerpt:
“Senator Kruse and his fellow legislators are to be applauded for investigating BSU’s actions in violating academic freedom and open discussion,” added Donald McLaughlin, Discovery Institute’s Indiana representative and an alumnus of Ball State.
Yeah, they’re to be applauded. Okay, we’ll join in. Hey, creationist legislators: The Curmudgeon applauds your flaming stupidity. Seriously. Without people like you, we’d have nothing to write about.
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