Thursday, March 30, 2006
As many of you are now aware, Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, a professor at
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
Samuel S. Chen
Access Research Network