Thursday, March 30, 2006

Chen Distances Self, IDURC, from Protest at Baylor University

A Baylor student protested Dr. Francis J. Beckwith's denial of tenure today by lying as a dead man in front of the president's office at Baylor University. The Intelligent Design Undergraduate Research Center (IDURC), which I direct, has also been opposing the denial of tenure of Professor Beckwith. However, the IDURC claims no allegiance with or support for the extreme student protest that occurred on Baylor's campus today, Thursday, March 30, 2006. I released an official public statement this afternoon concerning the protest and the IDURC's stance on Professor Beckwith's removal from Baylor. Here is the statement:

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Dear Friend,

As many of you are now aware, Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, a professor at Baylor University and the associate director of the J.M. Dawson Church-State Institute, was denied tenure by Baylor. This denial of tenure came despite Beckwith’s impressive resume, which included leadership roles in several academic societies and having contributed to or authored over thirty books, among others.

While the Intelligent Design Undergraduate Research Center (IDURC) is grieved to hear of the release of Professor Beckwith, the center disagrees with the recent protest against the university’s president, Dr. John Lilley. The protest, which was conducted by a student what will remain unnamed, took place on Thursday, March 30, 2006, and consisted of the student lying on the ground in front of the president’s office (Pat Neff Hall) with a sign that read “Stop President Lilley from killing free speech.” The student had red paint thrown on him to represent blood. There were also flyers for students providing information, some of it inaccurate, concerning the situation.

This venue for supporting Beckwith was inappropriate and is not supported by the IDURC. We condemn the actions of the student and all who were associated with the protest. We encourage them and all students wishing to get involved to seek less extreme ways in which to do so. For instance, the IDURC has printed posters defending Beckwith, as well as Dr. William A. Dembski, a professor released by Baylor in 2004.

As director of the IDURC, I officially declare no association between myself, the organizations that I represent, and these protests. We do desire for Beckwith to remain at Baylor, but will not engage in extreme and disturbing protests, as was conducted, to support our cause.

Our message today is clear: we are disappointed and have no kind words for Baylor University in their release of Francis Beckwith. However, we are equally disappointed and likewise have no kind words for the protesters who have demonstrated only that their childlike manners are no better than those of the university. I, and the IDURC, do not associate with either Baylor University or the protesters. As we have always done, we stand beside the truth and, in this case, beside Dr. Francis J. Beckwith.


Samuel S. Chen

Intelligent Design Undergraduate Research Center

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James Wynne said...

Mr. Chen, I posted a question for you in another thread and it's gone now. Must have been deleted by mistake, I guess, so I'll ask again here: What is the location of the Intelligent Design Undergraduate Research Center, and what kind of research is being done in it?

James Wynne said...

Oh, by the way, you can answer here if you prefer.

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