15 September 2007
September 14th marks the end of the first wave of media interest in the Baylor administration’s censoring of Prof. Robert Marks’s Evolutionary Informatics Lab. I’ve learned that Baylor President Lilley is indeed the problem — he has dug in his heels and won’t let the Evolutionary Informatics Lab back on campus. Can enough pressure be brought to bear so that he reverses his stance? At this point the only thing that would work is if the Baylor Board of Regents placed his job in jeopardy (Board of regent member to President Lilley: “What about academic freedom don’t you understand?”). For your reference, here is the entire Baylor Board of Regents along with their contact information. Readers of this blog are invited to write respectful letters to the board sharing their concerns about the Baylor administration’s intolerance of ID.
- September 14, 2007: “Baylor Closes Ranks, Defends Darwin Against All Lines of Evidence” — Denyse O’Leary summarizes the present impasse.
- September 14, 2007: “BU Opens Old Wounds with Marks” — Editorial in the Baylor student newspaper (The Lariat) defending Robert Marks’s academic freedom.
- September 13, 2007: “Let Academic Freedom Ring” — Letter to Baylor student newspaper from Cody Cobb, atheist biochemistry major at Baylor, who defends Robert Marks’s academic freedom to post his ID-related work on the Baylor server.
- September 11, 2007: “So where ARE the Friends of Robert Marks? Of intellectual freedom at Baylor?” — Denyse O’Leary here takes apart the claim by the Baylor PR people that the Evolutionary Informatics Lab was not doing “approved research.”
- September 11, 2007: “New Intelligent Design Conflict Hits BU” — The Baylor Lariat, the student newspaper, finally weighs in on Baylor’s academic discrimination crisis over Robert Marks’s Evolutionary Informatics Lab. This story presents Baylor’s latest subterfuge in trying to justify its removal of the lab — that it does not do “approved research.” Go here for additional comment.
- September 10, 2007: “Baylor Forces Professor to Shut Down Site” — The Syracuse University student newspaper beats out the Baylor student newspaper (the Lariat) in reporting on this story.
- September 10, 2007: “Baylor’s Post Hoc Rationalizations” — Dean Kelley’s email to Prof. Marks, given here, requiring him to remove the EIL website from his space on the Baylor server gives the lie to all post hoc rationalizations by Baylor about the lab’s removal.
- September 9, 2007: “Baylor University Accused of Viewpoint Discrimination In Suppression of Pro-Intelligent Design Scientist” — Discovery Institute rightly continues to hammer the point that the crisis at Baylor over Prof. Robert Marks’s Evolutionary Informatics Lab is not over some procedural mix up but is squarely a case of the Baylor administration singling out him and his lab for prejudicial treatment.
- September 9, 2007: “Web Site Sparks New Intelligent Design Battle at Baylor University” — The Waco Tribune-Herald, the local paper where Baylor is located, here weighs in on the controversy. The coverage is not bad, but it leaves open whether Baylor might just be following a school policy in removing the EIL site. Note my comments added to the online version of the article, which indicate that the problem was indeed the lab’s connection to ID and guilt by association.
- September 8, 2007: “Of Groups and Labs at Baylor” — If there was any doubt that the Baylor administration was treating Prof. Marks unfairly by removing his lab from Baylor and the Baylor server, there is no longer. Baylor has unfairly singled out him and his lab.
- September 8, 2007: “THE GREAT ESCAPE: A Tribute to Bob Marks” — How intolerance at Baylor to the EILab reflects a much bigger conflict between the forces of oppression and of liberation.
- September 7, 2007: “Baylor University Attacks Scientists for Questioning Evolution (PODCAST)” — Casey Luskin and Rob Crowther of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture discuss the history of intolerance at Baylor toward ID proponents. In an earlier podcast (Well-Informed: Dr. Robert Marks and the Evolutionary Informatics Lab, July 20, 2007), Casey Luskin interviewed Prof. Robert Marks regarding the Evolutionary Informatics Lab while its website was still on the Baylor server. That interview led Benjamin Kelley, dean of engineering at Baylor, to ban the EIL website from Prof. Marks’s space on the Baylor server.
- September 7, 2007: “Not so fast: Baylor’s treatment of an ID-advancing research lab has shifted from friendly to fire” — WORLD Magazine, which first reported on the recent troubles at Baylor (go here) and, at the time, painted a rosy picture of a coming resolution, here updates its earlier report, indicating that the Baylor administration is digging in its heels against Robert Marks’s Evolutionary Informatics Lab.
- September 6, 2007: “Baylor University Denies Research Scientist’s Academic Freedom” — Discovery Institute press release about the latest Baylor fiasco. This will help take the story to the mainstream media nationally.
- September 6, 2007: “Baylor’s Main Argument Against the Evo-Info Lab — Reply to Lori Fogleman” — Baylor is saying that the problem with Robert Marks putting his Evolutionary Informatics Lab on the Baylor server was procedural, violating Baylor policy about the appropriate use of its “brand name.” This line of argument is here shown to fail. Marks’s lab was removed because of guilt by association with intelligent design.
- September 5, 2007: “I.D. rift hits Baylor again” — The Baptist Press reports on the Evo-Info Lab controversy, thus drawing the attention of Southern Baptists nationwide (Baylor is a Southern Baptist institution).
- September 5, 2007: “Academic Freedom Expelled from Baylor University” — The widely read Evolution News & Views blog reports on the controversy.
- September 4, 2007: “Baylor Episode Is Getting Wider Circulation” — Atheist biologist and blogger P. Z. Myers, per impossibile, takes the side Robert Marks against the Baylor administration.
- September 4, 2007: “Baylor U. Removes a Web Page Associated With Intelligent Design From Its Site” — Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the lab, taking the controversy national.
- September 3, 2007: “Backgrounder to Robert Marks’s lab shutdown: Baylor revokes Dembski’s research fellowship 2006” — Denyse O’Leary provides background indicating that Baylor’s suppression of the Evolutionary Informatics Lab is consistent with past actions by President John Lilley to suppress ID at Baylor.
- September 1, 2007: “Baptist University pulls plug on Evolutionary Informatics Lab - links to intelligent design fatal” — Denyse O’Leary breaks the story here at UD that the crisis is far from resolved.
- August 17, 2007: “Crisis Averted: Baylor Avoids Anti-ID Purge from Years Before” — WORLD Magazine reports on an August 9th meeting at Baylor indicating that the crisis over the Evolutionary Informatics Lab has been resolved equitably to the satisfaction of all parties. Unfortunately, the article did not anticipate President John Lilley overturning the agreements reached at that meeting.