Here's a topic for the more science-minded among us...
Guillermo Gonzalez, who teaches physics and astronomy, was recently denied tenure at Iowa State University. From the sound of it, a big factor in the department was Gonzalez's espousal of intelligent design theory in a book he wrote. However, he doesn't teach these theories in the classroom, nor does he research them.
So, I guess my question is, Does it really matter if he believes in intelligent design? From the outside, ID seems to me like a philosophy and not a science. So, if he accurately explains how things work and leaves it at that while in the lab, does it matter if he personally believes that the Wizard of Oz or the Flying Spaghetti Monster is making it all work?
The only problem I can see here is that his outside work could somehow embarrass the department because he has whatever imprimatur comes with a tenured position. But, when we start talking about how people's thoughts can embarrass the group, I think we start getting close to calling for intellectual conformity, which I'd rather not do.
But I could be totally wrong. Remember, I'm in the humanities, so I barely understand how a see-saw works. So, my science-minded friends, what say you?