Eric Hedin’s course at Ball State University was deep-sixed because Hedin gave a one-sided presentation of intelligent design—a discredited and religiously-based hypothesis about origins—in a public university science class.
Now another course has been canned, this time at Amarillo College, a public two-year college in Texas. The course, “Evolution vs. Intelligent Design,” was offered in their continuing education program for adults.
The local secular group, “Freethought Oasis,” objected, and, after similar objections from the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science Education, the course was cancelled. There’s a long, whiny complaint about this “censorship” by Casey Luskin at Evolution News and Views, as well as an analysis by Sensuous Curmudgeon, “Discoveroids suffer a crushing defeat.”
Lest you think that this is a violation of academic freedom because the title of the course implied fair presentation of both sides and because it was not a science course—or even a course for undergraduates—just look at the one textbook required for the course (the description below is from Luskin’s post):
You can suss out the book here, and check out the authors:
It’s an ID book! Three of the authors (Meyer, Minnich, and Nelson) are affiliated with the Discovery Institute (Nelson is a young-earth creationist!), Seelke is an evolution denialist, and Moneymaker (!) has written other antievolution books.
Some balance! No wonder that three groups objected to the course.