Re: Viewpoint discrimination or careless reading.

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Thu Oct 06 2005 - 09:00:51 EDT

Yesterday I sent this to, a site I do not normally post to. It was in response to an outrageously arrogant post by Lenny Frank.

Thus far I have not been able to locate my post on that site and I am wondering whether it was tossed out by the editors. Pim: You post there often. Can you locate my post? If not, can you comment on why not?



I am struck by the irony of 'Rev Dr' Lenny Frank using the poem by Niemöller as an implied criticism of IDs. Thus far, the only people I am aware of who might actually have been persecuted for their beliefs in this whole matter are the IDs themselves. There do appear to be some cases in which ID advocates who otherwise would be accepted as good scientists, have been singled out by their institutions for their views on this issue. Guillermo Gonzalez at Iowa State is a clear example; the petition against him was organized (was it not?) by a faculty member who serves as faculty advisor to the campus atheist organization--an affiliation he has every right to have, but which also speaks loudly in my view of his attempt to discredit Dr Gonzalez. Just in the past few days, a biologist at the Univ of Idaho had his academic freedom denied by the president, who forbids his *science* faculty from discussing ID in classes, although faculty in other depts may do so if they wish. I r!
egard that as a clear infringement of this scientist's academic freedom.

I am no advocate of ID, as anyone can easily determine. I am however an advocate of academic freedom. If I were given a similar directive, I'd sue the university--and it would be interesting to see whether the ACLU would then do the right thing and take the case.
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