Local news outlets in Muncie, Ind., are reporting that Ball State University has hired an astronomy professor who has previously been linked to supporting the idea of intelligent design, or the theory that the universe and all life was designed by an intelligent entity.
This apparent hire proves controversial for the research university, as it is currently investigating Eric Hedin, an assistant physics professor from the same department at the school, who was accused in May by the Freedom From Religion Foundation of teaching intelligent design in his "Boundaries of Science" honors class.
The Star Press, a local newspaper in Indiana, reported recently that BSU hired former Iowa State University professor Guillermo Gonzalez to teach introductory astronomy classes at the school beginning in August. more >>
A petition posted on a White House website has called for the ban of intelligent design and creation science from schools.
Begun by a poster identified as "A.J." of Vienna, Va., the petition demands that the Obama administration "ban the teachings of these conjectures that contradict Evolution."
"Since Darwin's groundbreaking theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, scientists all around the world have found monumental amounts of evidence in favor of the theory, now treated as scientific fact by 99.9% of all scientists," reads the petition in part. more >>
A controversy sparked by critical comments made by the assistant manager of the Cincinnati Museum Center against Ken Ham's Creation Museum has been resolved following further communication.
"We've become aware that a staff member recently posted personal comments on a Cincinnati.com story, but those comments were his personal opinions and not those of Museum Center," said Elizabeth Pierce, vice president of marketing communications for the Cincinnati Museum Center, according to Cincinnati.com. A joint statement by the two museums on Monday also noted that representatives have met and resolved the issue.
Kurt Percy, an assistant manager at the Cincinnati Museum Center, stirred up tensions when he posted comments under a recent article about the Creation Museum arguing that it is "not a museum," and asking people to stop referring to it as such. more >>
An Indiana physics professor who has been accused of pushing a religious agenda in his coursework is awaiting a decision from Ball State University officials.
Eric Hedin, assistant professor at BSU's Physics and Astronomy Department, garnered controversy over teaching a course known as "The Boundaries of Science," which included works advocating and critiquing intelligent design.
While Ball State agreed to investigate Hedin back in mid-May, they have yet to reach a decision as to whether or not he should have been allowed to teach a course that included literature about intelligent design. more >>
Members of Louisiana's House Education Committee voted on Wednesday to keep the Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, a 1981 law which allows teachers to give equal weight to the teachings of creationism and evolutionary science in the classroom.
The law, which the Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional in 1987 in the case Edwards v. Aguillard, ruling that it violates First Amendment rights, has remained on state statutes since its drafting in 1981.
The text of the law states that "balanced treatment" of creationism and evolutionary theory entails "providing whatever information and instruction in both creation and evolution models the classroom teacher determines is necessary and appropriate to provide insight into both theories in view of the textbooks and other instructional materials available for use in his classroom." more >>
A school district in Springboro, Ohio, is currently considering a proposal which would allow controversial subjects, such as creationism, to be discussed in classrooms in order to encourage critical thinking among students.
The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has spoken out against the "Controversial Issues" proposed policy, asking Springboro Community City Schools officials to abandon the policy which, it claims, seeks to "advance creationism in the classroom."
The policy, which was discussed at the Springboro school board meeting last Thursday, seeks to allow the discussion of controversial subjects in the classroom so that students may learn to think critically. more >>