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University of Idaho Admits Targeting Professor by Banning Differing Viewpoints on Evolution

Academic Freedom is still under siege at the University of Idaho, and Discovery Institute fellow Dr. Scott Minnich is unfortunately just the latest target of a national campaign to stifle dissent from Darwinism and suppress information about intelligent design.

University of Idaho president Timothy White issued an edict last week banning “views that differ from evolution” in any “life, earth, and physical science courses or curricula” as inappropriate topics of discussion for university faculty, staff and students.

John Miller of the Associated Press reported on Oct 5 that the University of Idaho was not targeting Minnich with the statement.

“Harold Gibson, a school spokesman, said the views of Minnich, a tenured professor in the school’s College of Agriculture, didn’t prompt the letter.”

Now though the university is admitting that Minnch’s views on evolution and intelligent design did indeed prompt the edict banning discussion of differing views on evolution in science classes at the university. The Spokane Spokesman Review reported earlier this week that:

“Zemetra said Friday that White’s announcement was intended in part to make sure people knew that Minnich was acting as an individual and not on behalf of the university.”

But the statement doesn’t say that. Why not just say: Scott Minnich’s views are his own, not those of this university.
(See our previous reporting here and here.)

Robert Crowther, II

Robert Crowther holds a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public affairs and 20 years experience as a journalist, publisher, and brand marketing and media relations specialist. From 1994-2000 he was the Director of Public and Media Relations for Discovery Institute overseeing most aspects of communications for each of the Institute's major programs. In addition to handling public and media relations he managed the Institute's first three books to press, Justice Matters by Roberta Katz, Speaking of George Gilder edited by Frank Gregorsky, and The End of Money by Richard Rahn.