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
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