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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - More on "Indiana lawmakers probe Ball State over intelligent design: Legislators issue demand, threaten 'legislative action'"

Updating his troubling story from March 16th, Seth Slabaugh of the Muncie Star-Press now reports, in a story headed "Ball State, lawmakers to discuss intelligent design":

MUNCIE— Four conservative state lawmakers agree with Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora that it would be more productive to talk in person rather than by correspondence about the clash between science and intelligent design.

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, chairman of the Education Committee, and three other legislators sent Gora a letter questioning whether academic freedom, free speech and religious liberty have been respected by BSU in its treatment of Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics. * * *

The letter gave Gora until the end of business on Monday to answer the following question: "Does the policy forbid science professors from explaining either their support or rejection of intelligent design in answer to student questions about intelligent design in class?"

The letter concluded, "In order to determine if legislative action is required, we feel obligated to investigate whether BSU has acted in accord with state educational policy, legal requirements, and BSU's own published standards."

On Monday, The Star Press obtained a letter written by Gora to the legislators reporting that Ball State’s governmental affairs representatives had met with the lawmakers “and you agreed that a discussion ... might be more productive than written responses.”

“I have asked our ... representatives to coordinate with each of your offices and find a date that works for the four of you and the university officials I’d like you to meet with,” Gora wrote in her letter dated March 18.

“In addition to the meeting, I would hope you could stay for lunch and a tour of the campus ... My colleagues welcome this opportunity to meet with you and discuss these important issues.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 25, 2014 10:38 AM
Posted to Indiana Government