The world of academia claims to be all about promoting intellectual curiosity, research, thinking outside the box and the freedom to question the norm. If you believe that you are naïve to say the least.
When I attended Arizona State University back in the 1970s, I questioned many evolutionary teachings. I challenged professors to prove what they were saying was actual science and not their personal presuppositional views on the origins of life. More than one professor threatened me with an automatic failing grade if I didn’t shut up.
A friend of mine received his Ph.D. in geology from a leading secular university. After graduating with his degree, they discovered that he was a young earth creationist and tried to revoke his degree. Another friend of mine was attending the University of Kentucky as a geology major and heard a professor, who also happened to be his adviser, tell the class that if anyone believed in biblical creation they would fail his course and would not be allowed to graduate with a degree in geology.
These are just a very few of the many instances that I’m aware of where a Christian who believes in young earth creation, as the Bible clearly teaches, has been discriminated against and persecuted by the mainstream world academia.
It saddens me to report that another friend of mine has been discriminated against by the university he worked for. Mark Armitage and I met in graduate school and we have been friends ever since. Mark is a scientist and a microscopist who has worked with electron microscopes for over 30 years. He has published numerous scientific articles that have been published in a variety of journals.
Mark had been working at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). While at a dinosaur dig at Hell Creek in Montana, he discovered the largest triceratops horn ever found at Hell Creek. Back at the lab, Mark was examining the horn under one of his high-powered microscopes when he discovered soft tissue.
Finding soft tissue in any dinosaur fossil is always newsworthy and always presents great problems for evolutionists that are married to the idea that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. You have to ask yourself how can soft tissue exist for millions of years.
The find does support the creationist views that dinosaurs were created by God on Day 6 of Creation, along with man just over 6,000 years ago. Most of the dinosaurs died out during the Genesis Flood which occurred about 4,360 years ago. The flood would have covered the entire earth with massive layers of sedimentary rock which is exactly what we find.
Shortly after Mark’s amazing discover, a university official at CSUN began shouting at him telling him:
“We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!”
Notwithstanding this confrontation, Mark was able to publish his findings. Not long after the findings were published, Mark was let go by the university. They claimed that his appointment had only been temporary and that funding for his position had run out. The ironic twist to this is that Mark had documents and was previously told the opposite by other university officials.
Mark firmly believes that CSUN fired him because of his biblical creationist views and has filed a lawsuit against the university with the help of the Pacific Justice Institute. Brad Dacus, President of PJI stated:
“Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal, but doing so in an attempt to silence scientific speech at a public university is even more alarming. This should be a wakeup call and warning to the entire world of academia.”
Michael Peffer, a staff attorney with PJI added:
“It has become apparent that ‘diversity’ and ‘intellectual curiosity,’ so often touted as hallmarks of a university education, do not apply to those with a religious point of view. This suit was filed, in part, to vindicate those ideals.”
This is another case where evolutionists cannot tolerate the idea that a scientist would actually question the tenets of evolution. They don’t care about the real science and what the facts reveal. All they care about is defending their religious views on the origins of life.
I’ve studied biology for over 40 years and the facts don’t add up to support the theory or religion of evolution. But the world of academia won’t admit it because if they did, that means that there really is a Creator God who they are ultimately responsible to. That idea scares them to death and eternal death is exactly where it will lead them to.
Join in praying for Mark Armitage’s lawsuit against California State University at Northridge and that he is re-instated at his job. Mark is a good scientist and his work is sound. If you want to show your support to Mark, contact the Pacific Justice Institute.