Friday, May 18, 2007

Iowa State University puts Christian professor in crosshairs

Iowa State University astronomer and professor Guillermo Gonzalez is more than qualified to earn tenure. But those who have voting power are using their personal antagonistic views to deny him tenure because of his religious beliefs that the universe and living things are so finely tuned and complex, they must have been designed by a supreme, intelligent force.

Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet (watch here) and an advocate of the scientific theory of intelligent design, has been denied tenure by Iowa State University even though he has met or exceeded every required standard for tenure approval.

Here's the short version of the issue:

A five-member panel of professors in ISU's astronomy department rejected Gonzalez's application for tenure. Two of the five active tenured astronomy professors in the department that denied tenure to Gonzalez at Iowa State University are actually connected to a widely-publicized petition that denounces intelligent design as "creationist pseudoscience."

The rejected tenure request was then sent to ISU president Gregory Geoffroy, who also denied the request. Gonzalez is now appealing the denial by president Geoffroy. A decision is expected by June 6.

(American Family Association)

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