Jerry Coyne is upset again:
Dr. Benjamin Carson, a Seventh-Day Adventist neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, and also an outspoken young-earth creationist, was invited to give the commencement address at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas…….Yes, Carson worked his way up from a horrible background (raised in Detroit by a single mom) to a position of prestige and accomplishment, and yes, he’s been a role model to black students. But none of that, to my mind, outweighs his profoundly creationist views. He certainly shouldn’t be barred from speaking because of his faith, but the officials who pick commencement speakers should have excluded him because his view of science, based on lies, is hardly exemplary of an institution devoted to learning. Truth outweighs inspiration.
It does not surprise me that the man who said Dr. Francis Collins should be barred from heading the NIH and that “it should be illegal to indoctrinate children with religious belief” advocates that Dr. Carson should be barred from giving commencement addresses. After all, Gnu atheism is a movement built on intolerance and hate.
Of course, people can try to rationalize the intolerance by claiming it’s all about Carson’s “view of science.” But then, by that metric, all Gnu atheists should also be barred from giving commencement addresses given their views of science, where they argue that science has somehow shown God does not exist. That crackpot view has long been rejected by such mainstream scientific organizations as the NAS and AAAS.