Protecting Evolution’s Opponents

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Are you a college professor feeling persecuted for your advocacy of biblical creationism? Are you a student ridiculed for constantly pointing that evolution is “a theory” in biology class? Well if you live in Texas, help may be on the way.

According to an article by Aman Batheja in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

The measure from Republican state Rep. Bill Zedler would block higher education institutions from discriminating against or penalizing teachers or students based on their research into intelligent design or other theories that disagree with evolution.

Zedler said he filed the bill because of cases in which colleges had been hostile to those who believe that certain features of life-forms are so complex that they must have originated from a higher power. “We can have the academic freedom to have all kinds of ideas and philosophies but, lo and behold, even mention intelligent design and there are people that want to run you out of town on a rail,” Zedler said.

Really? Because the United States is one of the few places on earth that will even pretend to consider alternative theories to evolution a legitimate subject for discussion.

In January the University of Kentucky ended up paying $125,000 to astronomy professor Martin Gaskell after Gaskell was rejected from a position in what he argued had to do with statements he made about how evolution has flaws as a theory. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer