Take Action Now: Urge Ball State University to Support Academic Freedom on Intelligent Design

Suppressing Scientific Inquiry Assaults LibertyIn May of 2013, the Freedom from Religion Foundation demanded that Ball State University (BSU) investigate and censor physics professor Eric Hedin for teaching an honors seminar on “The Boundaries of Science” that discussed the debate over intelligent design. As a result, BSU launched a Kangaroo Court-style investigation of Hedin, and BSU President Jo Ann Gora issued an edict on July 31 banning all faculty from expressing support for intelligent design in the classroom, and further banning science faculty from even discussing the topic in their classes. This is a bald-faced assault on academic freedom and must not be allowed to stand.

If you support academic freedom on intelligent design, please contact Ball State University’s Board of Trustees right away and ask them to overturn President Gora’s ban on faculty discussions of intelligent design.

How to Contact the Board

Messages to the Board of Trustees can be sent by email to the Board’s recording secretary at akelsey@bsu.edu or by fax to 765-285-1461. When sending your message, I’d appreciate it if you could blind copy us at ballstatefreedom@discovery.org. We are going to check to make sure that Board members are receiving the messages you send, and if they don’t, we will try to find other ways to get them to Board members, even if we have to physically mail copies to them.

Sample Message (Please Adapt in Your Own Words)
Please distribute this message to the BSU Board of Trustees; and please verify for me that you have done this.

Dear Board of Trustees,

I recently learned of BSU President Gora’s one-sided censorship of faculty who think there is evidence of intelligent design in nature. At the same time BSU faculty are banned from expressing their support for intelligent design, BSU has allowed an honors course on “Dangerous Ideas” where the readings tell students that “Science Must Destroy Religion.” Please tell President Gora that BSU must support academic freedom and free speech for all faculty, including those who support intelligent design.

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In addition to sending a letter to the Board of Trustees, make sure you have signed our petition defending the academic freedom of Prof. Eric Hedin.