Oh Indiana, you do not disappoint. I tried to explain to my friends and family just how hick this place is but it just defies description sometimes.
Next weekend the local Baptist church that happens to run a Christian school (the area's main one) is hosting a Creation Evidence Expo. Evidence? Really? And this isn't their first one. I'm starting to get an understanding of the ignorant responses in the local paper to the Ball State ID course.
The description says it all: "True science supports the biblical account of Creation. Returning to GBC is Dr. Jay Wile who holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Rochester. He’ll detail the evidence, give his testimony of salvation, and relate his evolution-to-Creation journey."
They've invited a whackjob "physicist" and supposedly his "salvation" is relevant to the discussion of creationism. This guest is Jay Wile, a YEC who writes and self-publishes creationist textbooks. What the blurb doesn't say is that he doesn't have a university job, or a real job in science at all. His entire career is devoted to crackpot pseudoscience. On his site, he unabashedly posts his pathetic c.v. His only teaching experience at the university level was... guess where? Ball State University. Yes, children, it does appear that Ball State is indeed the place to go if you have a Ph.D. and no respect for actual science. On the other hand, he only lasted three years, then he went on to greener pastures as a computer techie. Smells like tenure denial to me.
There is a pamphlet/flyer titled 10 questions to ask your biology teacher. I'd like to riff on it and put out a list of 10 Questions to Ask Your Creationism teacher, then pass it out to attendees at this
p.s. He weighed in on the Hedin case, too, claiming to have taught "many years" at Ball State. uhhh no, he taught for three years. Three are not many.