How can it be that you have to believe a certain idea in order to be a member of the scientific community? If you have to believe a certain idea in order to be a member, doesn’t that sound more like a religion that’s pretending to be science? If you have a theory that cannot stand up against debate, then there’s something wrong with the theory. If you do not allow scientists to debate a theory, then there’s something wrong with the system. And no student should have to lie to get a degree he’s earned.
In 2004, an excellent bill supporting academic freedom for science teachers was proposed by Alabama State Senator Wendell Mitchell (Democrat) in the Alabama State Legislature. Part of the bill explains the need for protecting academic freedom. It was proposed again in 2006.
Video testimony, posted to YouTube — the story of Don McDonald, who was forced to pledge allegiance to evolution while working on his sociology PhD.
Robert P. George’s exhortation to think for oneself recalls the story of Don McDonald.