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Baylor University in the Hot Seat

John G. West

I’ll say this for administrators at Baylor University in Waco, Texas: They certainly know how to provoke lots of free attention. But it might not be the kind of attention they want. The University’s denial of tenure to conservative scholar Francis Beckwith is beginning to generate a buzz on the world wide web. But it’s the type of buzz that carries a sting. Commenting on the Beckwith decision yesterday, Joseph Bottum of First Things responded with withering scorn:

Baylor has apparently decided to sink back into its diminished role as a not terribly distinguished regional school. President Sloan is gone, the new high-profile faculty are demoralized and sniffing around for positions at better-known schools, energetic programs like the Intelligent Design institute have been chased away, and the bright young professors are having their academic careers ruined by a school that lured them to campus with the promises of the 2012 plan and now is simply embarrassed by them.

For some of the other web articles commenting on the Beckwith situation, check out:

http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=9583

http://telicthoughts.com/?p=614

http://lufkindailymuse.com/?p=86

http://dallasmorningviews.beloblog.com/archives/2006/03/baylor_wars_aga.html

http://rightreason.ektopos.com/archives/2006/03/beckwith_balks.html

http://reformclub.blogspot.com/2006/03/amazing-outrage-baylor-denies.html

http://ateam.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2006/3/25/1840047.html

http://reformclub.blogspot.com/2006/03/dallas-morning-news-on-beckwith-tenure.html

http://www.southernappeal.org/index.php/archives/618

http://www.southernappeal.org/index.php/archives/616

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

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