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Subject: Re: I.D. Astronomer/Physicist Denied Tenure Date: 5/13/2007 3:18 PM
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A leading proponent of intelligent design, who was targeted by atheist professors in 2005, has been denied tenure at Iowa State University.

Guillermo Gonzalez is a professor of Astronomy and Physics at Iowa State University. The nature of his targeting:

In 2005, three ISU faculty members drafted a statement and petition against intelligent design in the science curriculum that collected 120 signatures.


First, if you'd read the article carefully, you'd notice that it makes no claim about "atheist professors." Only one was mentioned in particular -- and I see that you conveniently forgot to mention that he was a professor of religious studies. I may be wrong, but could you please substantiate your claim that the majority of signers - or even a significant number of them - are atheists?

Second, says that he (Gonzalez) was specifically "targeted". The petition they use for the basis of this claim was written in 2005, while Gonzelez's tenure was denied in 2007. Can you please explain how he - personally - was targeted two years prior to his application?

Third, the petition itself (as shown by the link in the article) contains no mention of Gonzalez or tenure.

Fourth, the statement itself begins with a pretty much irrefutable statement, "We, the undersigned faculty members at Iowa State University, reject all attempts to represent Intelligent Design as a scientific endeavor." "Intelligent Design" is a religious concept, not a scientific one. If it were, then ID would be subject to the objective tests required of science -- tests which ID adamantly rejects.

There is a reason some of us call that rag the "WorldNUTDaily" - and consider its best use as fodder for the National Enquirer pulp mills.

BG
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