This is an open letter to new La Sierra University Provost Steve Paluk from Warren L. Johns, Esq. Read “LSU’s public relations man calls Educate Truth ‘attack website‘” for more related information on WASC and La Sierra University.
Accreditation offers no straw-man excuse enabling LSU to infect its curricula with â€œtheistic evolution.â€ A church owned university requires accreditation both by its underwriting owner/parent and the secular agency exercising oversight jurisdiction.
Mission Accreditation: The West Point faculty is honor bound to teach and to defend the constitution of the United States. â€œAcademic freedomâ€ offers no refuge for deviation from principle. A core principle of LSUâ€™s church parent is absolute commitment to the Genesis account of the miraculous, recent creation of life on earth. Mission accreditation mandates allegiance to that principle. The First Amendment to the U.S. constitution guarantees the church, and its educational subsidiaries, â€œfree exerciseâ€ to advance its mission, unimpeded.
Overtly touting â€œtheistic evolutionâ€ by teaching â€œEvolution is supported by an overwhelming and constantly growing amount of scientific evidenceâ€¦It [evolution] is the single unifying explanation of the living world, and nothing makes much, if any, sense outside of this unifying theory,â€ and by publicly harassing students in classrooms for challenging Darwinian junk â€œscienceâ€ is subversive to both academic freedom and to church mission accreditation.
Curricula Accreditation: Historically, LSU has enjoyed secular accreditation by WASC without compromising the religious mission of its parent church. Graduates have pursued successful careers in science after being taught the truth about God and His creation miracle.
On June 29, WASC reported it will be returning to the campus in 2011 to review â€œteaching evolution in the science curricula.â€ Since God authored science, true religion and true science should be presented as positive components of LSU curricula. Secular accreditation has never been a straw-man justifying breach of faith by teaching â€œtheistic evolution.â€ Academic freedom implies open investigation of evidence.
WASC inquiry can be appropriately addressed by implementing a curricula that includes at least three basic courses:
Intelligent Design: Biology history can summarize theories of origin, including Darwinian conjecture, with objective analysis of its shortfall; and
Genomic Science: Cutting edge molecular biology featuring the complexity of the cell, DNA, genetics, and Mendelâ€™s law of heredity.
Theology of Origins: Dept. of Religion course built on the Genesis account of the beginning of life and its correlation with the Christian gospel.
One astute observer has noted: â€œNo creation. No gospel, No future.â€ Church employees, like all other humans, ultimately are individually accountable to the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of all things.
Warren L. Johns, Esq. (ret.)
LSU Class of 1950; Board of Trustees, 1960â€™s; Alumnus of the Year, 1994
Warren L. Johns practiced law as a career in California, Maryland, and the District of Columbia until partial retirement in the summer of 1992. Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1963, he has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His non-fiction Dateline Sunday, U.S.A., drew national attention as a legal history documenting blue law confrontation with the U.S. Constitutionâ€™s first amendment. His 1999 Ride to Glory targeted some of evolutionâ€™s more obvious shortfalls while the 2007 Beyond Forever documented and analyzed, from a lawyerâ€™s perspective, what Darwin himself described as â€œholesâ€ and â€œflawsâ€ in his theory.
A 1958 graduate of the University of Southern Californiaâ€™s Law Center, and holder of La Sierra Universityâ€™s 1994 â€œAlumnus of the Yearâ€ award, the authorâ€™s professional resume appears in Whoâ€™s Who in American Law; Whoâ€™s Who in America; and Whoâ€™s Who in the World.