Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ball State President's Statement on Intelligent Design

President Jo Ann Gora declared Intelligent Design is not a science and does not belong in a science classroom.  She said it belongs in social science or humanities courses, but only if it is presented in the context of other 'theories' of similar ilk.

You can read the entire statement at Jerry Coyne's blog or the local newspaper.  Additional information about Hedin's course is vaguely hinted, but apparently he's been "cooperative" in working with the higher-ups on the issue.

The local student paper covered the story more briefly, and quotes FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel.

This is great news, assuming she really means it.


L.Long said...

One other blogger asked...If she was really serious about the mistake, then why was he hired in the 1st place???
Which is why I think they are just doing a CYA.

LadyAtheist said...

You mean Gonzalez or Hedin? The Gonzalez hiring mystifies me, but there is a new chair of the department, so perhaps it was the old chair's parting shot. Don't faculty departments pretty much decide on hiring? It would be very shocking to have a university president trump a departmental hiring decision. ... or perhaps Gonzalez's public promise not to insert ID into his coursework was a condition of the hire? Dunno