Lawmakers query Ball State on intelligent design

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Four conservative Indiana legislators are questioning Ball State University’s decision to prohibit the teaching of intelligent design in a science course.

The legislators have sent a letter to Ball State president Jo Ann Gora, saying her decision last summer raised questions about whether the school had violated the religious and academic freedoms of the professor involved.

The Star Press reports the letter is from Republican Sens. Dennis Kruse of Auburn, Travis Holdman of Markle and Greg Walker of Columbus and GOP Rep. Jeff Thompson of Lizton. It says they might seek legislative action.

Ball State spokesman Tony Proudfoot says the physics professor who faced complaints of teaching creationism remains an important and valued faculty member. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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