Friday, February 8, 2008

Is This Censorship?

Prominent ID figure and co-author of The Privileged Planet, Guillermo Gonzalez, was denied tenure this week.

"ISU prof loses intelligent design fight," by Lisa Rossi, Register Staff Writer, February 7, 2008.

"Regents reject ISU professor's appeal for tenure
," by Lisa Rossi, Register Staff Writer, February 8, 2008.

Letters to the editor:

"ISU's inconsistency," Rick Olson

"The tenure process needs fuller explanation," Steve Perlowski

On a more personal note, I actually interviewed Dr. Gonzalez several years ago for an article. At that time, he was working at a different university and had not been real forthcoming to his colleagues about his Christian beliefs. Although he had published articles in a very small old-earth creation publication, he remained cautious. He didn't even want me to fax or call him at his university office. But when he went to Iowa, he began to become more open about his faith. In hindsight, it appears, that Dr. Gonzalez's concerns were warranted.

That being said, I have talked to many other scientists who work at secular universities who have been very open about their faith and not experienced any of these kinds of problems. So, I think we need to exercise caution about generalizing Dr. Gonzalez's situation. In my experience, it may be more of an aberration than the norm.

Either which way, I'm sure he and his family would appreciate your prayers during this challenging season of life.

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