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Letters: 'A problem at its genesis'

07:20 AM CDT on Monday, April 9, 2007

Apparently, some ideas aren't right for academia

Re: "A problem at its genesis – Pitting intelligent design against Darwin won't work, says Lee Cullum," Wednesday Viewpoints.

Ms. Cullum implies that arguments from intelligent design are intellectually suspect, and that campuses should strictly adhere to ideas that are settled history or settled science. In other words, certain ideas have no place in academia.

In reality, there should be no censorship in the world of ideas and worldviews in the campus venue.

Yet, the ideas that apparently seem too threatening to be tolerated are anything that smacks of a conservative or theistic worldview. The intellectual dishonesty is blatantly obvious to any conservative student of faith who has been held hostage by a ranting professor who uses his classroom as a bully pulpit.

This SMU alumnus applauds its open-mindedness in allowing the Discovery Institute's confab. To try to exclude intelligent design implies its opponents are fearful they might learn something they don't want to know.

Susan Scott, Dallas

Those professing tolerance are nervous ones

Calling Darwinism settled science is beyond laughable. Upon further research, you will learn that Darwinism is currently settled on the slipperiest of slopes, and that many in the scientific community rightfully question its very premise.

I hope you are able to attend the unique conference that is being bashed, as I assume one would not dismiss the latest intelligent design arguments without a full hearing. It seems the only people in Dallas nervous about this informative conference are those who so forcefully promote tolerance.

Paul Pettit, Rockwall

More professors should speak out against this

Re: "This is not science – We have a duty to speak out against intelligent design event, say these SMU professors," Thursday Viewpoints.

As an SMU graduate, I am thankful that leading professors have spoken out in this excellent essay against so-called intelligent design as legitimate scientific theory. I hope professors in SMU's liberal arts departments will add their names as signatories to the essay, since all educated persons have a huge stake in opposing deception and bogus science.

Cullen A. Rogers, Dallas

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