Question: should the following statement get a science professor ousted from teaching?
the presence of a creative deity in the universe is clearly a scientific hypothesis. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more momentous hypothesis in all of science.
And for exploring aspects of this most momentous hypothesis in all of science, Dr. Crocker was removed from teaching at George Mason.
As reported by Casey Luskin at www.EvolutionNews.org
there are cases documenting genuine discrimination against scientists who support intelligent design (ID). One of those incidents took place at George Mason University (GMU), where Caroline Crocker was ousted from teaching biology because she challenged to neo-Darwinian evolution and favorably mentioned ID in the classroom. Dr. Crocker later appeared in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, but now many more details about Caroline Crocker’s story are revealed in her new autobiographical book, Free to Think: Why Scientific Integrity Matters.
Crocker challenged evolution in the classroom, she was recognized as an outstanding teacher. At the very time Crocker was told by her Department Head that she would be disciplined for challenging Darwin, she received a performance review from her Provost that called her teaching “outstanding” as “evidenced by unusually high student rankings”! The Provost even praised her, saying, “This kind of teaching quality is essential for this vital educational program, and we’re very grateful for your successful efforts.”
Such statements hardly describe a teacher who would otherwise be expected to soon lose her job. Yet Crocker did subsequently lose her job, and we know exactly why. As Crocker documents in her book, her administrators didn’t want her challenging Darwin.
1. Ben Stein’s endorsement:
“A chilling true life story of how free speech and free inquiry rights have simply vanished in a large swath of the academic community. This story would be depressing in a 1950’s Iron Curtain country. Unfortunately, it’s a contemporary American story and far more upsetting for that reason. This shutdown of the search for truth is not something that could happen. It DID happen.”
2. visit: www.FreeToThinkNow.com
3. Here is an 8-minute video documentary on Coral Ridge Hour describing Dr. Crocker. It also highlights attorney Edward Sisson of Arnold and Porter recounting how he was forced by George Mason to drop Caroline Crocker as his client when he was representing her against George Mason:
Intelligent Design Controversy.
4. formally speaking ID is less ambitous than searching for a creative deity, it searches for a creative intelligence. But even if Dr. Crocker were guilty of hypothesizing a creative Deity versus a mere intelligence, would that justify her ouster?