7. University of Kentucky nixes professor even they admit is the most outstanding applicant
Professor Martin Gaskell is respected as a superbly qualified astronomer. And he is now $125,000 richer, thanks to the taxpayers of Kentucky, because he decided to sue (and who can blame him) after the University of Kentucky refused to hire him based on his alleged religious beliefs.
You see, he’s an outspoken Muslim and the other faculty members could not tolerate him practicing Islam , so – what? You’re not buying that? How very astute of you.
Yeah, okay, he’s not a Muslim. In fact, I don’t know for sure what he is. But I do know that he has expressed sympathy for the scientific concept of intelligent design. And that, alone, is enough to get you boxed out and silenced at many American universities.
Email traffic flowing among the various members of the University of Kentucky faculty hiring committee show the professors worrying that Gaskell was… GASP… “potentially Evangelical.” HORRORS! An astrophysicist on the committee noted that Gaskell might be rejected “despite his qualifications that stand far above those of any other applicant.”
As upsetting as this is, it is far from an isolated incident. David Klinghoffer outlines a number of such academic abominations in an article on National Review Online, pointing out this rot in academia:
“An enormous, largely hidden transformation has taken place in what we mean when we speak of ‘science.’ For centuries, the free and unfettered scientific enterprise was fueled by a desire to know the mind of God. ‘The success of the West,’ writes historian Rodney Stark in his important book The Victory of Reason, ‘including the rise of science, rested entirely on religious foundations, and the people who brought it about were devout Christians.’ Now, increasingly, voicing such a desire is likely to get you excluded from the guild of professional scientists.”
Very likely, as Ben Stein’s excellent and thoughtful movie Expelled made crystal clear. And, as the backlash Stein suffered as a result of Expelled makes crystal clear. Boy, he really made those folks over at Scientific American squirm.