By Sean Pitman
Ever wonder why creationists do not often publish in mainstream scientific journals or get top-level jobs within the scientific community? Consider who is in control of these journals and these jobs and their religious zeal to uphold their own perspective and agenda under the protection of civil law… even when it comes to those who actually believe in evolution but might question or put doubts in people’s minds as to the validity of some aspect of the mainstream perspective on origins.
In this light consider also the challenge to the SDA Church from those within who openly attack the Church’s position on origins on the Church’s dime. Fewer and fewer options are available these days for those who question Darwinism or wish their children to be exposed to these questions, or even for those who want to expose their children to those who are truly supportive of the Church’s position on origins within our own schools:
An astronomer argues that his Christian faith and his peers’ belief that he is an evolution skeptic kept him from getting a prestigious job as the director of a new student observatory at the University of Kentucky.
Martin Gaskell quickly rose to the top of a list of applicants being considered by the university’s search committee. One member said he was “breathtakingly above the other applicants.”
Others openly worried his Christian faith could conflict with his duties as a scientist, calling him “something close to a creationist” and “potentially evangelical.”
Even though Gaskell says he is not a creationist, he claims he was passed over for the job at UK’s MacAdam Student Observatory three years ago because of his religion and statements that were perceived to be critical of the theory of evolution.
Gaskell has sued the university, claiming lost income and emotional distress. Last month a judge rejected a motion from the university and allowed it to go to trial Feb. 8.
“There is no dispute that based on his application, Gaskell was a leading candidate for the position,” U.S. District Judge Karl S. Forester wrote in the ruling. (Read More)