Entrenched Science Departments Call for Censorship at Southern Methodist University, Says Think Tank

Mar 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Discovery Institute

    DALLAS, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Darwinists at Southern Methodist
 University issued a demand this week that the university withdraw
 permission for a scientific conference about intelligent design to be held
 on campus.
     Discovery Institute and the SMU Christian Legal Society obtained
 permission to rent McFarlin Auditorium for a two-day conference on "Darwin
 vs. Design," featuring presentations by the nation's leading intelligent
 design scientists. The Departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences,
 and Geological Sciences reacted with a letter objecting to the university's
 agreement to host the conference. The Institute described the letter as an
 effort to censor scientists and stifle debate.
     "Their attempt to censor scientific discussion of the evidence shows
 that their interest is not in obtaining a fair result but in keeping
 students from learning about the nature of the debate," said Discovery
 Institute president Bruce Chapman. "Darwin himself wrote that 'a fair
 result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and
 arguments on both sides of each question.'"
     In a statement issued by the Southern Methodist University Provost's
 office, the university declined to cancel the upcoming Darwin vs. Design
 conference scheduled for April 13-14. The statement included a response
 from three of the university's science departments: "In this case, the
 Departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, and Geological Sciences
 in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences wish to reaffirm their
 commitment to applying rigorous scientific principles to teaching and
 research on the subject of evolution."
     "Their reaction proves why such a conference is needed," Bruce Chapman
 replied. "Applying rigorous scientific principles to teaching and
 researching evolution requires careful examination of the scientific
 evidence for both Darwinism and intelligent design."
     For more information about the conference and scheduled speakers go to

SOURCE Discovery Institute