Freedom From Religion Foundation claims Ball State professor is teaching creationism, not science

Group sends letter about Eric Hedin's teachings

MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State University is investigating a complaint that one of its professors is teaching religion rather than science.

   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a formal objection to Eric Hedin's teaching with university officials.

   Foundation attorney Andrew Seidel says in a letter to Ball State President Jo Ann Gora that the honors class teaches creationism yet gives students science credit. Seidel says creationism is a religious belief.

   The Star Press reports that Hedin teaches in the department of physics and astronomy, not biology.

   Retired professor Ruth Howes formerly taught the Boundaries of Science class.  She says it's important to help students understand viewpoints that are different from their own.

   Ball State Provost Terry King says the issue is a faculty matter and is being taken seriously.

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