UPDATE: The Christian Post piece is up, and appears pretty objective: “Ball State University denounced intelligent design, keeps professor accused of ID bias.”
I am a bit surprised that the national press is paying attention to HedinGate, but I suppose it’s expected since a university president issued such a strong statement against the teaching of intelligent design—and at the college level, and invoking the First Amendment. The more publicity the better, I think, as other universities will certainly pay attention to Ball State president Jo Ann M. Gora’s statement.
The coverage has mostly been positive, much to the chagrin of the Discovery Institute. Here’s a few links.
Huffington Post: “Ball State University bans teaching intelligent design in science classes.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Ball State U. bans teaching of intelligent design as science”
Inside Higher Ed: “Taking a stand for science”
SFGate (ironically, by writer Tom Coyne): “Ball State prez: Intelligent design not science.”
I was interviewed this morning by The Christian Post, which has always taken a pro-Hedin and pro-ID stand. We’ll see how they spin the issue; I’ve learned to record my conversations to make sure my views aren’t distorted.
If you want to LOL, read the Discovery Institute’s latest tantrum at Uncommon Descent: “An open letter to BSU President Jo-Ann Gora” (her name doesn’t have a hyphen).
And an Urban Planning professor at Ball State, one Eric Damian Kelly, beefs about improper procedure in a long letter at the Muncie Star-Press, “Ball State fumbles handling of Hedin case,” He manages to get in a zinger against science, too:
With the limited knowledge of a non-scientist, I believe that the Big Bang is much closer to reality than any theory of so-called intelligent design. I note, however, a couple of factoids: Stephen Hawking in “The University in a Nutshell” (2001) referred to the Big Bang as a “theory,” not a scientific fact; and there is a long history of persecution of astronomers and others in the field for pursuing unusual theories — perhaps beginning with the Catholic Church’s charging Galileo with heresy 500 years ago for asserting that Copernicus was right and that the planets revolve around the sun, not around the earth.One era’s heresy sometimes becomes another era’s theoretical anchor. Has the administration controlled a loose cannon or repressed a Galileo?
Beg your pardon, Dr. Kelly, but Eric Hedin, with his theories of intelligent design, is no Galileo.
The comments sections after Kelly’s letter is amusing, with Kelly weighing in himself. But he’s schooled by a Ball State alum: