This is "What That means"
The following is from UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM; December 2006
INTOLERANCE AND THE POLITICIZATION OF SCIENCE AT THE SMITHSONIAN
SMITHSONIANS TOP OFFICIALS PERMIT THE DEMOTION AND HARASSMENT OF SCIENTIST SKEPTICAL OF DARWINIAN EVOLUTION
Major findings of this staff investigation include:
Officials at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History created a hostile work environment intended to force Dr. Sternberg to resign his position as a Research Associate in violation of his free speech and civil rights. There issubstantial, credible evidence of efforts to abuse and harass Dr. Sternberg, including punitively targeting him for investigation in order to supply a pretext for dismissing him, and applying to him regulations and restrictions not imposed on other researchers. Given the factual record, the Smithsonians pro-forma denials of discrimination are unbelievable. Indeed, NMNH officials explicitly acknowledged in emails their intent to pressure Sternberg to resign because of his role in the publication of the Meyer paper and his views on evolution. On September 13, 2004, Dr. Jonathan Coddington, chair of the zoology department, wrote to crustacean curator Dr. Rafael Lemaitre that he could not find a legal basis for terminating Sternberg, but added: I suppose we could call him on the phone and verbally ask him to do the right thing and resign?3 A few hours later, Dr. Lemaitre responded that a face to face meeting or at least a you are welcome to leave or resign call with this individual, is in order.4 Finally, in an email on October 6, 2004, Dr. Coddington (in his capacity as Dr. Sternbergs supervisor) stated that he was planning to meet with Dr. Sternberg to convey the message that if he had any class he would either entirely desist or resign his appointment.5 Clearly, the NMNH management was trying to make Dr. Sternbergs life at the Museum as difficult as possible and encourage him to leave, since they knew they had no legal grounds to dismiss him.
These are some of the "FACTS" that some people would rather not deal with.
Kindly note that no actual research was described in Meyer's article -- it had no more place in a Smithsonian journal than a volleyball column would. Somehow, the Institute didn't like that! The horror!
"These are some of the "FACTS" that some people would rather not deal with."
Excellent post. The totally naturalistic evolutionary paradigm is so deeply entrenched in the "contempary" scientific community that anything counter to it is treated as a religion would treat a "heresy." This person at the Smithsonian is being treated as a "heretic" to be burned at the stake - figuratively. They want to deny him employment and destroy his reputation. Certainly sounds like persecution to me.
What is really sad is that if they did the same thing to someone for being a practicing homosexual. They would all be fined and fired, or forced to publically recant and attend "sensitivity" training. However, because he is merely "open" to publishing an intelligent design paper, he is persecuted with impunity.
The whole mess is a classic catch 22 set up by the established scientific community: "Your theory of intelligent design is not scientific because it isn't published for review,debate, etc., However, we won't allow a paper to be published on intelligent design because it isnt' scientific." Best "Catch 22" ever set up!