Monday, May 28, 2007

Iowa State Professor Unjustly Denied Tenure

An assistant professor who supports intelligent design and was denied tenure at Iowa State University (ISU) was found to have the highest score among the entire faculty, according to the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS),which calculates the scientific impact of scientists in astronomy.

The Discovery Institute, a think tank of intelligent design (ID) proponents, is again advocating for Guillermo Gonzalez to receive tenure, and argues that the school’s refusal is a result of their bias against ID – which holds that the biological aspects of life are too complex to have evolved randomly, but must have been produced by an unidentified intelligence. Gonzalez is author of the pro-ID book The Privileged Planet (read more - source Christian Post).

Chuck Colson recently shared a commentary titled "
A Career-Killing Theory" on BreakPoint that expressed concern over the clear bias and ideological discrimination that is happening at universities across the United States. You can also read a related BreakPoint commentary by Mark Earley titled "Blocking the Gateway to Knowledge".

Iowa State is a land grant university and a public university, so if you are a taxpayer in Iowa, send a student to Iowa State, are a current student or are alumni or a donor - let your voice be heard! . Iowa State University should be a place where freedom of thought is encouraged in such a way that it results in a desired marketplace of ideas. Shouldn't we be encouraging students to pursue truth no matter where it leads? Is it right to punish a professor clearly worthy of tenure because of a personally held belief (not one that he even teaches in the classroom)?

Please join me in contacting Dr. Geoffroy, the president of Iowa State University at about your concern. I'm sure that he would love to hear from you.

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