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  • California Science Center Pays $110,000 to Settle Intelligent Design Discrimination Lawsuit

    08/31/2011 7:44:45 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | August 29, 2011 | Evolution News & Views
    California Science Center The state-run California Science Center (CSC) has paid $110,000 to settle a lawsuit by American Freedom Alliance (AFA) against CSC for violating AFA's First Amendment free speech rights to advocate intelligent design (ID). As part of the settlement, the CSC also has invited AFA to present the ID event it previously cancelled. CSC rented its IMAX theater to AFA to show Darwin's Dilemma, a science documentary advocating ID. However, when CSC learned the film would portray ID favorably, CSC cancelled AFA's event. AFA filed suit in California Superior Court alleging viewpoint discrimination and breach of contract. "This...
  • When is it acceptable to discriminate against evolution sceptics?

    02/18/2011 8:40:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/16/2011 | James Hannam
    Dr Martin Gaskell is a respected expert on supermassive black holes and a long-serving research fellow at the University of Texas. In 2007, Dr Martin Gaskell applied for the position of director at the new MacAdam student observatory at the University of Kentucky. He stood "breathtakingly above the other applicants in background and experience" according to the chairman of the selection panel, but he did not get the job. Unsurprisingly, he sued. It is not controversial to state that English-born Gaskell is a devout Christian. He has also said that he is sceptical about certain aspects of evolutionary theory and...
  • University of Kentucky Pays $100,000+ to Settle Gaskell Discrimination Lawsuit

    01/19/2011 8:08:38 AM PST · by ZGuy · 1 replies
    Evolution News ^ | 1/18/11 | Casey Luskin
    The University of Kentucky (UK) has settled the discrimination lawsuit filed against it by Martin Gaskell, an astronomer who was denied a job due to his perceived doubts about neo-Darwinian evolution. The case was scheduled to go to trial on February 8th, but today counsel for both sides filed a joint motion to dismiss the case pursuant to the settlement. According to the Associated Press: The university has agreed to pay $125,000 to Martin Gaskell in exchange for Gaskell dropping a federal religious discrimination suit. Gaskell claimed he was passed over to be director of UK's MacAdam Student Observatory in...
  • Astronomer Sues the University of Kentucky, Claiming His Faith Cost Him a Job [Christian]

    12/26/2010 2:54:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 4+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 18, 2010 | Mark Oppenheimer
    In 2007, C. Martin Gaskell, an astronomer at the University of Nebraska, was a leading candidate for a job running an observatory at the University of Kentucky. But then somebody did what one does nowadays: an Internet search. That search turned up evidence of Dr. Gaskell’s evangelical Christian faith. The University of Kentucky hired someone else. And Dr. Gaskell sued the institution. Whether his faith cost him the job and whether certain religious beliefs may legally render people unfit for certain jobs are among the questions raised by the case, Gaskell v. University of Kentucky. In late November, a federal...
  • Scientist alleges religious discrimination in KY.

    12/18/2010 9:13:16 AM PST · by wmfights · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 17, 2010 | Dylan Lovan
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An astronomer argues that his Christian faith and his peers' belief that he is an evolution skeptic kept him from getting a prestigious job as the director of a new student observatory at the University of Kentucky. Martin Gaskell quickly rose to the top of a list of applicants being considered by the university's search committee. One member said he was "breathtakingly above the other applicants." Others openly worried his Christian faith could conflict with his duties as a scientist, calling him "something close to a creationist" and "potentially evangelical." Even though Gaskell says he is not...
  • Astronomer claims he lost University of Kentucky job because of faith

    12/13/2010 11:18:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 219 replies · 3+ views
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 12/13/2010 | Peter Smith
    An astronomer is suing the University of Kentucky, claiming he was denied a job running its observatory because of his Christian faith. Martin Gaskell was once considered the leading candidate to be the founding director of the observatory, opened in 2008. The Courier-Journal reports that a trial has been set for Feb. 8 after a federal judge ruled Gaskell has the right to a jury trial. Gaskell argues that the school discriminated against him because he had given lectures in the past discussing astronomy and the Bible and his questions about the theory of evolution, even though he accepts it....
  • The Martin Gaskell Case: Not an Isolated Incident (ID sympathizer paid $125,000 in settlement)

    02/07/2011 9:02:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2011 | David Klinghoffer
    In his January Diary, John Derbyshire comes down on the side of the University of Kentucky for refusing to hire Martin Gaskell, a superbly qualified astronomer, for the sole reason that he expressed sympathy for intelligent design. The case of Professor Gaskell, who sued UK for religious discrimination, needs to be understood in the context of widespread anti-Christian discrimination in academic science. I thought readers might be interested in some background on the story and many others like it to which Brother John did not draw our attention. The University of Kentucky chose to pay a $125,000 settlement to Gaskell,...
  • Scientist alleges religious discrimination in Ky.

    12/17/2010 6:50:40 AM PST · by decimon · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 17, 2010 | DYLAN LOVAN
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An astronomer argues that his Christian faith and his peers' belief that he is an evolution skeptic kept him from getting a prestigious job as the director of a new student observatory at the University of Kentucky. Martin Gaskell quickly rose to the top of a list of applicants being considered by the university's search committee. One member said he was "breathtakingly above the other applicants." Others openly worried his Christian faith could conflict with his duties as a scientist, calling him "something close to a creationist" and "potentially evangelical." Even though Gaskell says he is not...