Costly Case Settlements Warns Darwin’s Bullies: Stop Censoring Intellectual Freedom
Evolution News & Views
“Three case settlements this year show that it is a costly mistake for intolerant academic elites to suppress the viewpoints of Darwin-critics,” said Casey Luskin, an attorney and policy analyst with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. “The growing trend is that those who discriminate against intelligent design face stiff penalties.”
This month, the state-run California Science Center (CSC) paid $110,000 to avoid a public trial and settle a lawsuit by American Freedom Alliance (AFA). The suit was filed because CSC violated AFA’s First Amendment right to discuss intelligent design (ID). As part of the settlement, CSC has also invited AFA back to present the ID event CSC previously cancelled. The case number is BC 423687.
In January, the University of Kentucky paid over $100,000 to settle astronomer Martin Gaskell’s claim that he was wrongfully denied employment for doubting Darwinism. Soon thereafter, Applied Mathematics Letters paid thousands of dollars and publicly apologized to avoid litigation after it wrongfully withdrew mathematician Granville Sewell’s peer-reviewed paper critiquing neo-Darwinism.
This case is merely the latest in a long line of well-documented incidents of discrimination against proponents of intelligent design…
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