Discovery Institute, the nation’s leading intelligent design think tank, is demanding that Indiana’s Ball State University (BSU) investigate one of its honors seminars for promoting atheism and bashing intelligent design. The demand follows the decision by BSU President Jo Ann Gora to ban all faculty from endorsing intelligent design in their classes, and to ban science faculty from even raising the topic.
“If Ball State is going to ban faculty speech favoring intelligent design by claiming that it would violate the separation of church and state, then it must apply the same ban to faculty speech that promotes atheism or attacks intelligent design in the classroom,” said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute.
Discovery Institute is asking BSU to investigate its honors seminar “Dangerous Ideas.” The sole textbook used in the course is an anthology edited by a prominent atheist in which the authors assert that “Science Must Destroy Religion,” that “There is no God; no Intelligent Designer; no higher purpose to our lives,” and even that scientists should function as our society’s “high priests.” The book contains an afterword by atheist evangelist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion.
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