A few years ago, Dr. William A. Dembski was released from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Nevermind the fact that he holds mulitple degrees, including four masters and two Ph.D.s (from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago), four postdocs (from Northwestern University, MIT, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago), had taught at three universities previously (Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas), had written many articles and had written and edited over twenty books, held a graduate and postdoctoral fellowship with the National Science Foundation, and had won several academic awards and honors.
What Baylor apparently cared about was that Dembski was a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture and the executive director of International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design. Dembski was the director of the Michael Polyani Center at Baylor, the first intelligent design think tank and a major research university (Baylor). He was released after a controversy surrounding the center and is currently heads the Center for Theology and Science and is the Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Science and Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
The associate director of the Michael Polyani Center under Dembski was Dr. Bruce Gordon. Gordon, will also be leaving Baylor University at the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
However, Baylor is not done cleaning the house of intelligent design advocates. Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, the associate director of the J.M. Dawson Church-State Institute at Baylor University and a fellow and faculty affliate of the Center for Religious Inquiry Across Discplines (CRIAD), was denied tenure by Baylor University on March 24, 2006. As in Dembski's case, it didn't matter to Baylor that Beckwith has multiple degrees (including three masters and a Ph.D.) from prestigious universities, holds many prestigious positions in over twenty academic societies or organizations (including being tapped to advise the President of the United States on Constitutional issues), has written, edited, or contributed to over thirty books and fifty articles, and has accomplished more by the age of forty-five than those who released will accomplish in their lifetimes combined. Beckwith has accomplished more than I can post in this blog. Please see his biography to get just a small glimpse of everything he's done.
What Baylor cares about, most likely, is Beckwith's political, philosophical, and theological views on issues such as prenatal life, marriage, the rationality of Christian belief, and, of course, intelligent design.
Baylor University aspires to be a top-tier research university with deep Christian roots in a vision called the "Baylor 2012 Vision." With such a play of politics and such an oppostion to the the truth and even to freedom of speech, academia, and thought, the university will never proceed forward. The entire administration at Baylor University (the president, the regents, the faculty senate, etc.) needs to rethink the decisions they make regarding the education of students at Baylor.
I am most disappointed at the incredible antagonism and disregard for the truth evident in this university. I will miss Professor Beckwith dearly, as he was to be my undergraduate advisor. I have no kind words for Baylor University and am appalled at what appears to be a university conspiracy against intelligent design and against open dialogue.