If the backers of this bill want to promote the teaching of creationism, they are going about doing it in a strange way.
Academic freedom bills are only intended to cover topics that are already in the curriculum. Topics that are not in the curriculum (like intelligent design) are not covered by such legislation.
In deciding the fate of a vulnerable, untenured scientist, Professor Juli Eflin may be the wild card.
Discovery Institute has delivered a petition to Ball State University from more than 7,000 people, including more than 1,200 residents of Indiana, urging the university to defend the academic freedom of assistant professor of physics Eric Hedin.
Reporters should be reticent to fix the legally significant label “creationist” to nascent science education bills.