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Saturday Stub: More Academic Freedom to be Wrong

Posted by Ethan Clow on March 19, 2011

Remember Dr. Martin Gaskell? The astronomer who sued the University of Kentucky because they didn’t hire him because he was (supposedly) a creationist? Well, if things go right for Bill Zedler in Texas, such a trampling of academic freedom won’t ever happen again.

Bill Zedler, is a Republican State representative from Texas and he is proposing a new bill, entitled HB 2454, which, if passed, would prevent universities in Texas from:

“discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.” – HB 2454

The bill was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on March 8th and continues the long, tired and stupid notion of “academic freedom” to teach wrong things but pretend they’re true. Proponents of teaching creationism or “intelligent design” like to throw around the notion of “academic freedom.” Its a handy little phrase to depict themselves as part of a noble but suppressed cadre of scientists who are trying to research and teach an alternative to the religion theory of Darwinism. (It’s only a theory)

Here’s a nice quote from the good people of the Texas Freedom Network:

“The bottom line for us? Institutions of higher education should — and do — protect academic freedom. Rep. Zedler’s bill would instead require our colleges and universities to aid and protect academic fraud. But with the State Board of Education promoting anti-science propaganda in public schools, we shouldn’t be surprised that higher education is increasingly a target as well.”

 

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One Response to “Saturday Stub: More Academic Freedom to be Wrong”

  1. [...] by Ethan Clow on April 9, 2011 A couple weeks ago I blogged about a new bill in Texas called HB 2454, the bill was being presented to the Texas House of [...]

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