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ICC Note: The following story is an example of just how much animosity exists towards Christian professors in the U.S. college system, especially if those professors choose to believe in or even attempt to teach intelligent design. The recent hiring of Professor Eric Hedin at Ball State University in Indiana caused anger among scientists and an internal investigation of the professors beliefs after he was accused by the Freedom from Religion Foundation for “indoctrinating” students with Christian based science. 
7/11/2013 United States (TheBlaze) – Creationism and intelligent design are causing quite a stir at Ball State University, a public college in Muncie, Indiana. In addition to sparking an internal investigation into Professor Eric Hedin, a Christian who is accused by the atheistic Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), among others, of potentially indoctrinating students, there’s yet another new target. The FFRF is now joining evolutionary scientists in speaking out against the same university’s hire of Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, an astronomy professor who embraces intelligent design.
What’s most fascinating about the debate is that academic environments really should be the host of vibrant discussion, debate and diverse viewpoints. While most scientists do believe in evolutionary theory, the notion that people who do not should be silenced seems counter-intuitive. But that is exactly what is unfolding as the contention over Ball State’s hiring of these professors progresses.
“Ball State already has a serious issue with creationism being taught as science by an astronomy professor, Hedin. Now they’ve hired another astronomy professor and creationist to teach science at their university, Gonzalez,” said FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel.
“This disturbing pattern could be serious blow to the science curriculum at Ball State. Their reputation and ability to attract outstanding professors may suffer,” he added.
And he’s not alone. Crossmap also quotes Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, who agrees with this sentiment.
“If the university wants to retain any scientific credibility, they should start hiring scientists who will teach real science and not religious apologetics,” Coyne said.

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