Intelligent design group demands that university investigate class for bashing intelligent design
Discovery Institute, the nation’s leading intelligent design think tank, wants Indiana’s Ball State University to investigate one of its honors seminars for promoting atheism and bashing intelligent design.
The seminar, “Dangerous Ideas,” uses a textbook edited by a prominent atheist and asserts atheist ideas such as “Science Must Destroy Religion,” “There is no God; no Intelligent Designer; no higher purpose to our lives,” and even that scientists should function as our society’s “high priests.” The book’s afterword was written by evangelist Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion.”
Discovery Institute officials want justice because the school has a policy banning faculty from endorsing intelligent design.
“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,” says Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute.
In a letter delivered to BSU’s President and Board of Trustees, Discovery Institute demands that BSU apply the same speech restrictions consistently to all faculty.
“Unlike BSU, we favor freedom for professors to express their views on controversial issues. But if BSU insists on censoring professors who favor intelligent design, we insist BSU comply with the Constitution and apply its speech ban equally to all professors.”
The Institute also asks BSU to apply the same content standards to all science courses, the same qualification standards to faculty in its honors science seminars, and to answer questions about due process violations in its investigation of physicist Eric Hedin, who was targeted by a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
The Institute’s letter gives BSU until Sept. 30 to respond. After that, the Institute warns it will take higher action.