PZ Myers supports academic freedom for Marks
|September 9, 2007||Posted by DLH under Constitution, Education, Evolution, Science|
PZ Myers of Pharyngula has stood up on the side of academic freedom at Baylor University for Robert Marks, II.
Baylor episode is getting wider circulation Posted on: September 4, 2007 3:07 PM, by PZ Myer
“The story of the Robert Marks debacle has now made the pages of The Chronicle of Higher Education. If the account is accurate, I’m going to do something you’ll only rarely see: I’ll take the side of the creationist. . . . The problem is that Baylor was more than a little ham-fisted in intruding on Marks’ academic freedom. I categorically reject Marks’ whole philosophy and I’d probably call him delusional, but Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ it is the professor’s job to talk freely about wacky ideas if he wants. A web page that can be shared (and laughed at) is a reasonable part of the commitment to public communication, and I don’t think Baylor should restrict it. Even if the professor is a bit of an embarrassment, and the subject is a sore spot for the university. . . .”
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PZ Myers has previously demanded: “The IDists love to quote me, because I am rather militant in my opposition to their lies. . . .The only appropriate response should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing of some teachers, many school board members, and vast numbers of sleazy, far-right politicians Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I say, screw the polite words and careful rhetoric. It’s time for scientists to break out the steel-toed boots and brass knuckles, and get out there and hammer on the lunatics and idiots.”
Were Myers to fully support objective science, would he not insist on the most rigorous examination of Evolution to ensure that it is the most robust parsimenous theory possible, without even the perception of a flaw? Would he not welcome the strongest critique Marks could make? Who knows, Myers may yet affirm our full unalienable rights of speech, religion and academic freedom as preserved by the First Amendment, with equality for all – even for theories diametrically opposed to his.
Gentlemen, Start your engines – and lets make level the playing field so that the best theory wins.