Some Indiana lawmakers concerned about the repression of speech and religious freedoms on a university campus are seeking answers to tough questions aimed at school officials.
Four Republican legislators have sent a letter to Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora following complaints that she instituted a speech code that prohibits faculty from engaging in discussions favorable to the theory of intelligent design. John West, with the Discovery Institute, finds a big problem with this speech code.
“It seems to be a pretty one-sided speech code that doesn’t, from what our research reveals, impact staff members who want to attack intelligent design in their classes,” he says.
He says that while BSU restricts speech about intelligent design, President Gora is OK with a seminar that includes a segment titled 'Science Must Destroy Religion.'
“In some cases we’ve even found faculty members attacking religion and bashing God, and that’s perfectly okay,” he tells OneNewsNow. “But somebody who is a scientist making statements in their own professional judgment about the evidence for design in nature, that’s not okay.”
Last year the university refused to allow physics professor Eric Hedin to teach his class on intelligent design but permitted him to continue his employment with the school.