This is a follow-up to our recent post, The Reality of Creationist “Academic Freedom”. Two new items help to illustrate the point we made, that the Discoveroids — who pretend to be champions of academic freedom — scream to the sky when a creationist is disciplined for promoting his religious views in a science class; but they’re always silent when someone is stopped from teaching evolution at a creationist school.
The first story we found appears at the website of Pat Robertson’s Christian News Network. Their headline is Controversy Erupts After Christian School Affirms Commitment to Literal Creation Account. It says, with bold font added by us:
Were Adam and Eve historical people, specially created by God? This simple question has created a significant rift in a small Christian college in eastern Tennessee.
We wrote about that controversy three weeks ago — see Creationist Chaos at Bryan College. Because you’re already familiar with it, we’ll give you only a few excerpts from the new story:
As a Christian school, all faculty and staff members must subscribe to Brian College’s 8-point Statement of Belief, which lays out the college’s theological stance and scriptural interpretation. Included in the 80-year-old Statement of Belief is a reference to the creation of man:
“[We believe] that the origin of man was by fiat of God in the act of creation as related in the Book of Genesis; that he was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death,” the statement says.
That’s lovely. So what’s the problem? We’re told:
In order to remove any ambiguity with Brian College’s position on the creation of man, the school’s Board of Trustees issued a statement late last month, clarifying the Statement of Belief. “We believe that all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve,” the Board explained. “They are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life forms.”
That’s the flip side of the Statement from Ball State University’s President, when their retiring president, Jo Ann Gora, said:
Intelligent design is overwhelmingly deemed by the scientific community as a religious belief and not a scientific theory. Therefore, intelligent design is not appropriate content for science courses.
The Discoveroids went berserk after Gora’s statement. At their creationist blog, they posted #4 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Ball State President Imposes Gag Order on Intelligent Design. A gag order! And what have they said about the situation at Bryan College? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
The CNN news article is long, and it’s good, but that’s enough for our purposes. Now for the other item we found. It’s an editorial in the Star Press of Muncie, Indiana, where Ball State is located. It’s titled Intelligent design issue still dogs Ball State.
You already know what’s been happening there. We recently wrote about it in Ball State Imbroglio Heats Up Again, so we’ll just give you a few choice excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Now, four Republican lawmakers, including creationist proponent and chairman of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee Dennis Kruse of Auburn, have given Gora until Monday to answer a letter asking, “Does the policy forbid science professors from explaining either the support or rejection of intelligent design in answer to student questions about intelligent design in class?”
An inquisition by the creationists in the legislature! What does the editorial say about that? Here it comes:
Let the witch hunt begin, and woe to those whose answer is not pleasing to the powers who control the purse strings.
Intelligent design is an interesting proposition. And it merits discussion — in a religion or philosophy course. It has no business being taught as valid scientific theory. Science explains the world around us as it is, not the world as others would wish it.
Nicely said. Let’s read on:
In the dichotomy that is Indiana government, Ball State finds itself facing the threat of reduced funding at the hands of a few lawmakers for not teaching religion in science courses. On the other, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is pressuring the university to turn out more graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
We wonder whether those degrees will have as much value if Kruse and his cohorts have their way.
So there it is. Bryan College is suppressing its faculty who dare to teach science, and the Discoveroids are silent. But when Ball State says intelligent design doesn’t belong in science class, the Discoveroids encourage their stooges in the legislature to initiate a witch hunt. And all the while, they claim to be in favor of academic freedom.
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