HB 2454, Section A51.979.A:Texas is the state where the major proponent of creationism/intelligent design, William Dembski, teaches: He is professor at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, he conducts research in theology by means of creationism/intelligent design, and desperately tries to use pseudo-mathematics in support of his theological claims. Dembski did a PhD in mathematics but he immediately switched to theology. He is not alone in Texas. There are many creationist pseudoscientists there who can find lots of money by religious fundamentalists; the latter will happily fund the former in order that they use pseudo-science and pseudo-mathematics to "prove" theological claims, ranging from denial of evolution to belief that the Earth is a few thousand years old.
A PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RESEARCH RELATED TO INTELLIGENT DESIGN.
An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member's or student's conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.
Now the state of Texas is trying to pass the aforementioned bill. In my opinion, this will have at least two effects:
- If a faculty member in a Texas university cannot do serious mathematics or science then he or she can turn to creationism and publish papers in pseudo-scientific creationistic journals. He or she then will ask to be tenured and, based on the above law, he or she should not be discriminated against.
- Funding for creationism will have to be considered as academic funding. The law justifies creationism as an academic field of study.
- Academics with creationistic tendencies will seek jobs in Texas universities.