Martin Gaskell, Christian, applied for the position of director of the new student observatory at the University of Kentucky. One member of the search committee described him as “breathtakingly above the other applicants.” Yet he didn’t get the job.
He has sued, citing religious discrimination. According to the AP article, “University scientists wondered to each other in internal e-mails if Gaskell’s faith would interfere with the job, which included public outreach.” Also, apparently some folks in the UK sciences apparently thought it would be bad PR to have a Christian at the helm of their student observatory.
It appears one of his most offensive actions was a 1997 lecture titled “Modern Astronomy, the Bible and Creation.” In that talk he discusses evolution, which he claims has “significant scientific problems” and includes “unwarranted atheistic assumptions and extrapolations.”
He may as well have tried to burn down the science building, it seems.
Gaskell says he is not a creationist and says those Christians who claim that the earth is only a few thousand years old base their claims on very bad science.
What are the folks at Kentucky actually afraid of? If their theories are true, science will bear that out. If not, then oughn’t they be open to changing their deeply held convictions to reflect the scientifically established reality? I’ll bet Galileo would scold those UK administrators and professors for their closed-mindedness.