Friday, September 08, 2006

In case you sent your kids to Baylor, you might want an update of the Beckwith saga. Baylor denied tenure to Francis J. Beckwith, associate professor of church-state studies. Beckwith is a nationally known and respected scholar, so academics around the country were shocked and appalled. Beckwith has many publications and teaching honors.

The most likely source of dissatisfaction with Beckwith by the Baylor establishment is this religious conservatism. In a statement making me glad Baylor is a former rather than current Southern Baptist School, it was noted that it was Beckwith's teaching, not his scholarship, that resulted in denial of tenure.

So, of course, you want to know, what was the guy teaching that was offense to a bunch of Texas Baptists at Baylor? He was accused of using the classroom to spread his Christian views.

I'm feeling better and better about sending kids to a state school. It's easier to tell the Christians from the Lions. It appears that the Lions have the upper hand at Baylor.
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