WSJ: A Compromise on Creationism

One problem is that many institutions have a doctrinal statement that says one thing, but the administration (often on a whim without due process) wants to move the goal post of “what’s in” and “what’s out.” For example (one I know far too well), a small school may respond to lowering admissions numbers by targeting a more conservative constituency (e.g., YEC). Even though the doctrinal statement is not YEC specific, the admin acts as if it is, and then removes or sidelines professors who don’t fit the new direction (even though they can faithfully sign the written statement of faith). This becomes an infringement on academic freedom because it circumscribes that freedom beyond the official documents of the institution and subjects it to the private interpretation and interests of a sitting president or board.