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Casey Luskin on ID in HUMAN EVENTS


Future of Conservatism: Darwin or Design?
by Casey Luskin
Posted Dec 12, 2005

From Luskin's article: "Apparently threatened by Dr. Minnich’s views, the university president, Tim White, issued an edict proclaiming that “teaching of views that differ from evolution ... is inappropriate in our life, earth, and physical science courses or curricula.” As Gonzaga University law professor David DeWolf asked in an editorial, “Which Moscow is this?” It’s the Moscow where Minnich’s career advancement is in now jeopardized because of his scientific views." A reminder for White and other university presidents: "Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning...Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject." (From "1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure" (http://www.higher-ed.org/resources/AAUP_1940stat.htm) of the American Association of University Professors and of the Association of American Colleges) [Note: ID, while currently controversial, is by no means unrelated to the life, earth, and physical sciences.] jay
At least George Will provides a more pragmatic critique. The largest float in Will’s parade of horribles is the fear that the debate over Darwin threatens to split a political coalition between social and fiscal conservatives. There is no need to accept Will’s false dichotomy. Fiscal conservatives need support from social conservatives at least as much as social conservatives need support from them. But in both cases, the focus should be human freedom, the common patrimony of Western civilization that is unintelligible under Wilson’s scientific humanism. If social conservatives were to have their way, support for Will’s fiscal causes would not suffer. Bling Bling

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