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Stand Up to the Bullies, Emory University: Reaffirm Dr. Ben Carson's Welcome and Defend His Right to Express His Views

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We call uponEmory Universitytopublicly reaffirm that the university community welcomes and honors invited Commencement speakerDr. Ben Carson. We further call upon University officials to make clear that they respect Dr. Carson’s right in a free society toexpress honest doubts about Darwinian evolution.

Dr. Carson, who is also supposed to receive an honorary degree from the University, has been the object of an organized bullying campaign by some Emory faculty and students seeking to discredit him for his critical views on Darwinian evolution. In an attack published in Emory’s student newspaper (the Emory Wheel), professors Gerardo, de Roode, Eisen, and Nemenman distorted Dr. Carson’s position on the moral implications of Darwinian materialism and insinuatingly questioned his grasp of the science behind evolution.

Thoughtful people, whether they support Darwinian theory or doubt it, need to join together in support of Ben Carson. He is not only a brilliantly innovative pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, a generous philanthropist and humanitarian with an inspiring personal story. Dr. Carson is now also a symbol of academic freedom.

In the world of academic biology, chemistry, medicine, cosmology and other fields, scholars who ask tough questions about evolutionary theory are intimidated and silenced by the forces of Darwinian orthodoxy. We are aware of a variety of troubling instances of this, at academic institutions including CalTech, the University of Kentucky, Iowa State University, the Smithsonian Institution, and elsewhere.

Many biologists and other scientists who would speak out, voicing their doubts about Darwin, fear to do so because of the consequences for their future career prospects.

Emory University must take this opportunity to recommit itself to the freedom of scholars to follow the scientific and other evidence wherever it leads. Scholarship is a search for the truth, with no holds barred.

So far, Emory’s administration has only equivocated. In conversations with the media, the university’s apologetic spokesman has shown far more deference to Darwin activists than to Dr. Carson.

That is why Emory must reconfirm its warm welcome of this great man.Emory officials should quickly offer a statement emphasizing that they recognize the right of Dr. Carson to hold and express his views, and that the university community continues to be pleased and honored to welcome Dr. Ben Carson to speak at Commencement on May 14.

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  • Bruce De Soto
    Bruce De Soto United States, Oceanside
    Jun 02, 2015
    Jun 02, 2015
    Bullying is totally unacceptable in any form and context, particularly in a high university setting where the market place of competing ideas is supposed to be encouraged and exemplified from the top down (i.e., from administrators to professors and onto students). Dr. Carson has impeccable, academic and moral credentials and has earned the right to be heard from his amazing life story; otherwise, why would Emory have invited him to speak at their Commencement in the first place?
  • Thomas Tashnick
    Feb 14, 2015
    Feb 14, 2015
    Censoring a world-renown brain surgeon for his educated and logical views on evolution is arrogant suppression of scientific discussion and intellectual growth. This is not how science advances.
  • Thomas Tashnick
    Thomas Tashnick United States, Salem
    Feb 14, 2015
    Feb 14, 2015
    Censoring a world-renown brain surgeon for his educated and logical views on evolution is arrogant suppression of scientific discussion and intellectual growth. This is not how science advances.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 21, 2014
    Sep 21, 2014
    It's called freedom of speech!
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