I was going to write a longer analysis of the Discovery Institute’s outraged response to yesterday’s decision by BSU president Jo Ann M. Gora to disallow the teaching of intelligent design in science classes, but why bother? They lost (i.e., science won), and despite their rumblings and threats, the issue is basically settled.
If you’re interested, you can go over to Evolution News and Views and read John G. West’s “Ball State president’s Orwellian attack on academic freedom” and come to grips with their “arguments,” such as they are. And since they brought up Orwell, here’s a nice example of doublespeak from West himself: “But teaching about the controversy over intelligent design is not the same thing as teaching ID as a scientific theory.”
The piece is supplemented with a threat:
If anyone thinks that Gora’s statement is the end of the Hedin matter, they are mistaken. This is just the beginning. BSU is a state university, and its blatant double standard on academic freedom raises fundamental questions that will need to be answered.
Well, it may not be the end of the IDers’ whining and mewling, but for all intents and purposes the case is closed. The rest is commentary.
Another article (author unidentified) on the same site says this:
In a blatant attack on academic freedom and the unfettered consideration of scientific viewpoints, the president of Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, IN, has imposed a gag order on science faculty forbidding their discussion of the theory of intelligent design (ID) in science classrooms.
Gag order? I don’t think so. Gora said that ID could be discussed, but not as science and not as a view privileged over other views in philosophy and religion classes. Presumably the Discovery Institute would consider prohibitions against discussing homeopathy in med-school classes or flat-earth “theory” in geology classes as “blatant attacks on academic freedom and the unfettered consideration of scientific viewpoints.”
Finally, at the Muncie Star-Press, Seth Slabaugh has written what will probably be one of his last pieces on the controversy, “Intelligent design removed from BSU class.” Some of the readers’ comments at the end of the piece are dire. Here are a few: