Skip to comments.Incoming Baylor University President (Kenneth Starr) to honor Intelligent Design professor
Posted on 04/02/2010 1:39:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A change in leadership certainly makes a difference. Past recent administrations at Baylor University in Waco have maintained sensible policies protecting scientific integrity against those who would force their dogmatic religious beliefs on unsuspecting students paying top dollar for higher education. The previous administrations have resisted efforts by some professors in the so-called "Intelligent Design" movement who sought to distort the principles of modern science to include religious teachings tantamount to creationist fundamentalism.
Dr. Bob Marks is one of these professors in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who has caused friction with the administration for promoting his Intelligent Design theories on the University website. Marks was ultimately overruled and forced to remove the offending content.
But now times have changed. Incoming Baylor president Kenneth Starr, infamous for heading the investigations that led to impeachment of former Democrat President Bill Clinton, has announced that shortly after he enters office in June of this year, he will honor Marks for his efforts. "If ever there was a University where discussions of faith and science could be welcomed it is Baylor University. We should commend those with the courage to address the difficult questions, such as origins of life, that touch on both our scientific knowledge and understanding and our deeply held religious beliefs."
The Dallas Morning News was unable to reach Marks for comment, but Baylor Professor of Neuroscience Jim Patton said, "This news is disappointing because it undermines our stature as a university. Evolution is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence and is accepted by the vast majority of scientists. We should not entertain alternative hypotheses or philosophically-deduced theories that cannot be tested rigorously."
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Let the debate in SCIENCE begin!
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Patrick: Uh, stupid?
Spongebob: No, I'm Texas!
Patrick: What's the difference?
Heavens, we cannot let someone who actually has a degree that’s difficult (EE) into a reputable university peopled by folks with marshmallow degrees in (name your liberal “art”).
I personally don’t believe in intelligent design as such, but I’d take the affirmative side of that debate over any leftist bull-Obama - such as rights to health care, etc., any time.
I wasn’t paying attention to past news. I just found out from this new item that Ken Starr ( yes, the guy who prosecuted Clinton ) was chosen to be President of Baylor University.
This news is sure to raise the issue of Ken Starr’s alleged bias and one-sidedness once again ( expect the case of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky to be revisited ).
Sic ‘Em Bears.
Liberals hate the thought that our rights come from an actual CREATOR who actually created anything or gave rights to anyone.
Liberals are intolerant statists.
It’s Baylor. It’s owned by the Baptists. I went there. I’m surprised they teach science at all. Just kidding. They have classes in religion but it is not discussed in other classes. One or two religion classes were required at one time. Not sure about the present day.
This EE professor apparently has it on his web page through the university. I’m sure there are “science” teachers who are free to put their theories on their page.
Again, IT’S A BAPTIST UNIVERSITY! If the other professors are so concerned about the status of the university as a scientific institution why did they go to work at Baylor.
He's relocating from Malibu, CA to Waco, TX. I may be among a very small subset of the world's populace, having been to both locations, that actually prefers Waco to Malibu. Pepperdine University aside, I found Malibu to be too liberal. Gladstone's was nice but I like the BBQ places in Waco more.
Let me see if I get this right. An EE professor has a personal opinion. It seems that he put it on his website and they made him take it down.
Seriously? I didn’t know science was so fragile that anyone expressing a heretical view must be silenced.
I don’t have much use for ID (seriously, there isn’t much use, it’s more appropriately a philosophical question), but it’s getting just a little too inquisitiony up in here.
Or maybe the problem is that EE>biology and since you need three digits to your IQ to get a degree in EE (as opposed to bio) they might think that people will actually listen to a professor who can do, for example, long division.
Most universities have a disclaimer about personal websites hosted on their servers anyway. People should go to their favorite English dept. at a major University and see what’s on those personal webpages.
I'm with you on that and I've also been to both places. Malibu is pretty, but on the whole, the people in Waco are much nicer and friendlier.
And Heitmiller's on I-35 has great steaks for such reasonable pries. :)
To complain about Baylor and their stance on a Creator is only to reveal the intolerance, stupidity and dogmatism of the left.
Fortunately the Baylor College of Medicine is no longer associated with Baylor University.
I’m not sure what the heck intelligent design is, but if it means that we are living in God’s creation, then I’m amazed that a Baptist institution would allow such thinking.
I'm still in competition for Typo Queen.
Ken Starr’s reputation is spoiled after he defended Gitmo-7 lawyers on MSNBC.
They believe in God and therefore intelligent design (small i, small d), but they aren't supporters of the "ID Movement". Big difference.
That’s where my daughter wants to go. Nearly passed out looking at the costs.
Ken Starr is a good man and this was a good decision.
Baylor will be stronger with him at the helm.
"What did you just say?"
You certainly don't leave that place hungry.
"....All of these problems with the left hijacking science were recognized by my favorite philosopher, Michael Polanyi, as early as the mid-1940s. .... Although his writings are free of any overt religiosity, I find that they most adequately support my view of a universe that is both absolute and evolving, as it must be; or evolving toward an Absolute that is orthoparadoxically both its origin and its destiny, alpha and omega (more on which below).
I think this is a prank. Note the url and the last sentence. Starr is indeed president of Baylor, and Bob Marks is a professor who has been at the center of an ID controversy, but there is no indication that the rest of the story is real.
Evoloserism is no longer being defended by anybody in academia with anything you’d call brains or talent, basically just academic dead wood.