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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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  • George Durham Jr
    George Durham Jr United States, Pearland
    Dec 23, 2015
    Dec 23, 2015
    Funny, he is now running for president.
  • Stvevn Slaton
    Stvevn Slaton United States, Chanute
    Nov 09, 2015
    Nov 09, 2015
    There are reports that we HAVE to pay to sign this petition...Do something about that.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Aug 28, 2015
    Aug 28, 2015
    Dr. Carson is an inspiring human being. 'use a bit of wisdom and consider the factors you know to be true..'
  • 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?
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